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Retired Army chaplain to lead special tribute

A Memorial Day Tribute will be held Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the Halifax County War Memorial with special guest speaker Colonel Donald G. Wilson, retired U.S. Army, who will speak on “For Such A Time As This.”

Col. Wilson is a retired senior military chaplain in the United States Army who served for 26 years. His major assignments have included Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Wadsworth, New York; West Point Military Academy; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; West Germany; the Republic of Vietnam; and South Korea. 

While Col. Wilson was at West Point Military Academy, he served as the senior military chaplain. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond, his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Theological Seminary, and he received a certification in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. 

He was ordained by Union Chapel Baptist Church in Buffalo Junction. At present, he is the pastor of Nelson Baptist Church in Nelson. 

He is the author of four books, “Pebbles Along The Way,” “Fifty Days of Easter,” “Getting It Together” and “Family Altar.”

Wilson will present “For Such a Time As This” covering where we have been (as veterans and the country), where we are and where we are going Monday during the program. Col. Wilson was born in Buffalo Junction and is married to Mary Lewis Linthicum and has three daughters.

During the program Monday morning, Doug Bowen from South Boston Church of Christ is expected to give the invocation. 

Allen Anderson will perform the national anthem. 

After the posting of the colors, Bill Crews, Cmdr., S.V.C., Camp 581, will introduce the organizations and special guests present. 

Grace Elliott of the Virginia Daughters of the Confederacy, Chapter 1321, will read a patriotic poem. Veterans groups will be recognized and present their memorial floral tributes. 

The program will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps by the American Legion Post 8 Honor Guard. 

Organizers said the overall program is expected to last approximately one hour. Some seating will be available, but those attending may bring their own lawn chairs. 

Everyone is encouraged to attend and honor all those who have made the supreme sacrifice to protect the nation, liberty for all Americans and the American way of life.

The program is sponsored by John M. Jordan Camp #581 Sons of Confederate Veterans and is open to the public.

The Halifax County War Memorial is located across from the Halifax County Court House on North Main Street in Halifax.