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Schedule announced for Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication Day

Published: June 2, 2015

By Olivia Fowler

Schedule announced for Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication Day

The Pickens County Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication Day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6 in Liberty’s newly renovated Civic Auditorium located on the campus of the former Liberty Middle School at 314 West Main Street in Liberty.

Following the opening ½ hour program, four separate memorial dedications will be held within the county at 30 minute intervals, allowing for public attendance to all four. Each memorial bears the image of each man and includes a copy of his citation, detailing extraordinary acts of bravery during battle.  Public parking is available at all sites.

Programs detailing the schedule of events will be available at the Civic Auditorium, each memorial dedication site, and on-line at www.visitpickenscounty.com (front page and events calendar).

The day officially begins at 10 a.m. when County Council Chair Jennifer Willis will welcome the public to the event. The invocation will be given by Chaplain (Colonel) Brad Fipps of the U.S. Army. Posting of the colors will be carried out by the 171st Infantry Brigade Color Guard from Ft. Jackson and the National Anthem will be sung by soloist Amy Evans. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #51.

The families of Pickens County’s four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Furman Smith, William McWhorter, Charles Barker and James Donnie Howe, will be recognized by Pickens County Vice-Chair Trey Whitehurst.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Major General James Livingston (retired) of the U. S. Marine Corps is the featured speaker.

 A short film, “The Lives of Four Heroes”, will be shown which chronicles the lives of Furman Smith and William A. McWhorter, who were killed during World War II, Charles Barker, killed during the Korean Conflict and James Donnie Howe, killed during the Vietnam War.

The 182nd Army Band’s Brass Quintet will then perform followed by the closing remarks of Whitehurst.

The four separate memorial dedication ceremonies, scheduled at half hour intervals, will include a display of military vehicles from each era. Vehicles from WWII will be on display at the Liberty Magistrate’s office at 310 West Main Street for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony to honor William McWhorter and at the 11:15 a.m. ceremony for Furman Smith at the Six Mile Fire Department located at 629 Mt. Olivet Rd. in Six Mile.

 A vehicle from the Korean Conflict will be displayed at the 11:45 service at Pickens Rural Fire Station at 756 Concord Rd. in honor of Charles Barker and one from the Vietnam War in honor of James Donnie Howe will be displayed at the 12:15 memorial dedication at Liberty Fire Station #2 at Rice’s Creek Rd. near Liberty.

Each ceremony will include the reading of each recipient’s official citation by a council member, the laying of the wreath at each memorial, posting of the colors, a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps.

If you are out of town or otherwise unable to attend this historic event;  log into your  Facebook account and go to www.visitpickenscounty.com page and click on the live link to the Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremony where it will be broadcast live as the event unfolds.