The Town of Parksley sponsored the second annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Jerry C. Burkhead War Memorial.  Approximately 200 attended the hour long event.  The U.S. Navy Color Guard started the ceremony followed by several speakers including Parksley Mayor Wayne Marshall,  Robert D. Crockett, Chairman of the Accomack County Board of Supervisors, Senator Lynwood Lewis, Delegate Rob Bloxom and Shore historian Dennis Custis who spoke on the role of the Eastern Shore in all of the wars from the American Revolution to the Vietnam war.  The keynote address was given again this year by Commander Jeffrey Lock of the United States Navy. Lock reminded the crowd that the true meaning of Memorial Day is to honor those who have sacrificed their lives so that the rest of us can live free. Scott Johnson, nephew of Jerry Burkhead talked about Burkhead and the family.

 

The event was organized by Aaron and Shirley Johnson along with Kay Lewis.