Statesville ceremony to mark the last day of World War II

The last day of World War II will be commemorated next Sunday with a 21-gun salute, the playing of "Taps" and a speech by a local Marine who served in Iraq and received both the Navy/Marine Corps and Army achievement medals.

"There was such celebration on the last day of World War II: Aug. 14, 1945," said Tracy Gibson, owner of the Statesville office of Home Instead Senior Care, which is sponsoring the event with Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. "We hope this event will help keep the spirit of '45 alive."

The ceremony will honor all men and women who served during World War II, Gibson said.

The event will be at 2 p.m. at the Iredell County Hall of Justice, 201 E. Water St., beside the WWII monument at the magnolia tree.

The keynote speaker will be Sgt. Brett Miller, area coordinator for the N.C. National Guard Funeral Honors Program.

Miller served in the Marine Corps Honor Guard from 1991 to 1999. He joined the N.C. National Guard in 2008 and was deployed to Basra, Iraq, and Tallil, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Statesville High School ROTC and the Iredell County Veterans Council Burial Detail also will participate.

If it rains, the ceremony will be at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Ave.

Details: Bill Brater, 704-873-7223, or Tracey Gibson, 704-924-9909.