First Posted: 5/3/2009
More than 300 people filled Piney Grove Baptist Church Sunday afternoon to honor the memory of a local fallen soldier who died last year in Iraq.
Family and friends of Pfc. Adam Lee Marion gathered at the church where a new veterans memorial was dedicated. The monument includes a centerpiece dedicated to Marion, and the list the names of other local veterans who also served and are buried in the church cemetery.
Marion, 26, who was an active member of the church, was killed April 28, 2008, 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.
During Sundays special service which lasted more than an hour, the church presented a slide show featuring photos of local serviceman, and one showing the construction of the memorial at the church.
Marions parents, Donnie and Pam Marion, were presented a plaque in their sons honor.
In remembrance of Marion, Kathy Creed shared with the audience about his service, volunteerism and love for his family.
The best way to describe Adam is nonjudgmental, she said to the crowd. Its amazing how many people he befriended. He had friends from 12-years-old to 80-years-old. He loved children, he loved everyone.
She also shared what Marions roommate had said about him in a letter he wrote to his parents. She said that letter shared how proud Marion was of his family and how much he loved them, and that he was proud to be from Mayberry.
Creed went on to say that Marion would be so proud to be a part of the veterans memorial service.
He would be proud not because his name was on it, but his name was next to his pas, she said.
Following her remarks, she read a poem written by a Marion relative about fallen soldiers, which one of the lines read The price theyd pay was surely high…Freedom isnt really free.
The veterans memorial, made of white granite, will be illuminated at night and contain a flag.
Janice Barker, who was one of the attendees at the service, said she came to honor Marion and her father, James Hayden, who is a World War II veteran.
I think the service was absolutely beautiful, and its wonderful to do this in their memory, she said.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.