By Kitsey Burns Harrison
A special ceremony was held on Monday to dedicate a portion of U.S. 421 through Yadkinville as a Blue Star Memorial Highway honoring the armed forces. A number of area veterans were present for the ceremony as well as the Yadkin County commissioners, members of the Yadkinville town board, Yadkinville Mayor Hubert Gregory, State Sen. Joyce Krawiec and NC Secretary of Transportation Nick Tennyson.
“I’m reminded that regardless what’s said, it can never be enough to repay those we are honoring today,” said Gregory. He thanked two area veterans, Chuck and Pete Knight, who were present for the ceremony.
“We have two gentleman here, brothers, that have probably done more for Yadkin County veterans than any of us ever realize. Both of you, the Knight brothers, who I’m speaking of, thank you very much for what you’ve done,” Gregory said.
He also noted other veterans he wanted to remember as part of the ceremony, including Daniel Swaim, who lost his life in Iraq 10 years ago. Gregory also recounted the story of a young man named John Hancock who he befriended while in the service together and who was killed while serving.
Commissioner Marion Welborn also shared some of his experiences of serving in the Air Force during the time of the Korean War.
Krawiec thanked the county board and town of Yadkinville board, as well as NCDOT, for the work done to establish the portion of highway as a Blue Star Highway. She said it was just another small token of thanks to be given to those who have or are serving in the armed forces.
“I’m honored that we can be here to honor those who paid the ultimate price and those who have served us so well,” Krawiec said. “Thank you all you veterans for the sacrifices that you’ve made. We get up everyday and go about our business and we just take our freedom for granted, but freedom has never been free.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.