Event to honor deceased soldier


First Posted: 4/24/2009

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of a Surry County soldiers death in Iraq, and members of his church have announced a special project that will help keep his memory alive.
On May 3 at 3 p.m., a new veterans memorial will be dedicated on the grounds of Piney Grove Baptist Church, where Pfc. Adam Lee Marion was an active member. Last April 28, however, Marion was killed during an attack on a base near Baghdad.
A 2000 graduate of Surry Central High School, Marion, 26, was a member of the Army National Guard who had joined an engineering company in March 2007. He operated a Husky, a vehicle that leads convoys to protect them from IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. Marion had taken part in more than 100 route-clearing missions before his death.
The local serviceman was laid to rest with full military honors at the Piney Grove Baptist cemetery on May 5, 2008.
Now, nearly a year later, the church will help honor Marions legacy further with its new memorial, as well as that of other veterans.
He was very active in our church, said Susan Johnson, a longtime member at Piney Grove Baptist who announced the special dedication on May 3.
The veterans memorial, made of white granite, already has been erected on the front lawn of the church, located on Piney Grove Church Road about halfway between Dobson and White Plains. The structure was completed about two weeks ago, with all the materials and labor contributed.
Its centerpiece is dedicated to Marion, and the monument also lists the names of all other veterans buried in the church cemetery. Included are a Civil War soldier, Johnson said.
The memorial is illuminated at night and also will contain a flag display when complete, Johnson said.
The May 3 dedication ceremony, which is open to the public, will involve the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard and the Surry Central High School JROTC, among others.
Part of the service will be indoors and part will be outdoors, weather permitting, Johnson said. A flag-raising will be included.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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