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Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 1979-current, October 09, 1980, Image 6

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Pag* BA-K»OS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Thunday. Octobw 9. 1980 I 3 k«'»j \ / Mike Loveless speaks at postal stamp service... Postal Card Cancellation Ceremony Held On Tuesday “This is our moment in history and a great Tuesday morning in history.” The statement was made by KM Postmaster Fred Weaver at a fifth Bicentennial Series com memorative postal card dedica tion service at 10 a.m. in B.N. Barnes Auditorium. Weaver’s remarks were echoed by platform speakers and guests throughout a day fuU of activities on the battle anniver sary. Gerald F. Merna of Washington, D.C., executive assistant to the Postmaster General, was in the city to dedicate this unique piece of postal stationery, offer con gratulations to the city celebra tion committee, the National Park Service, and the Kings Mountain PostofBce. He also congratulated Postmaster Weaver who he said was 24th in line of succession to June Aber nathy, who was appointed the first postmaster of Kings Moun tain in 1837. Mema also took the occasion to present a stamp album containing the first com memorative card to local of ficials and visiting dignitaries and said he would hand deliver a copy to President Carter. “I’ll tell him what he missed,” he said. Describing the mountainmen as “tough, hardy, stout, brave. impoverished,” the speaker struck a familiar chord when he talked of his experience in ser vice with personal memories of names affixed to weapons. The mountainmen also labeled their rifles as “hot lead and sweet lips,” he said. Mema said the designer of the new card, David Blossom, has ef fectively made the viewer feel he or she was at the scene and cap tured the atmosphere of that fierce struggle. Prior to the address by Mema, Miss Elizabeth McGill, recipient of the DAR Good Citizenship Award and a student at Erskine College, recounted the Battle of Kings Mountain in a vivid oratory and KM National Park Supt. Andrew Loveless made remarks. Mayor John Henry Moss, Celebration chairman, recognized a large number of distinguished guests from the five-state celebration area and a Color Guard presented the col ors. Rev. Robert E. Boggan Jr. gave the invocation. Prior to the opening of the First Day of Issue Ceremonies, the KMSHS Band, under the direction of Donald Deal, presented a program of patriotic and religious music. The KMSHS Chorale and Ensemble, under the direction of Gene Bumgardner, sang the National Anthem and presented an American Trilogy of familiar songs, “Dixie,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “All My Trials,” to the delight of the au dience attending. Among special guests were Congressman Jim Broyhill, General William C. Westmoreland, David Crawford, British Consul General, Joe Brown, regional director of Na tional Park Service, Robert L. Collins, president of Overmoun tain Victory Trail Association, Senator J. Ollie Harris, Senator Helen Rhyne Marvin, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Dalmus, representing the state Legion auxiliary. Na tional Vice Commander Ralph Godwin of Mississippi, represen ting the American Legion, and members of the Carolinas Bicentennial committees and representatives of the Park system. Miss North Carolina Janet Ward Black, as well as representatives from the five state area planning the 200th Celebration. Mrs. D.F. Hord, whose hus band, the late Dr. Hord, KM dentist, suggested a com memorative stamp of the famous battle, was recognized on the platform and was presented a stamp album from Mr. Mema, along with his acknowledgement of her late husband’s efforts. Five States Represented From lA freedom, liberty and in dependence as they did at Kings Mountain.” “We like to make our own history and that’s what distinguishes us as Americans. You are making history at Kings Mountain today,” said Hunt, who delivered the stirring ad dress from a red, white and blue decorated platform filled with dignitaries from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Ten nessee and Virginia and an au dience filled with many descen dants of heroes at the Oct. 7, 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. “I’m optimistic about the future of this country,” said Hunt. "This is a great day in Kings Mountain as we recognize the heroic great Patriots of a march that ended with the Battle of Kings Mountain. Some historians say that battle, in which the American Rebels defeated Maj. Patrick Ferguson’s troopK before Corn wallis, was the turning point of the American Revolution. Governor Hunt pointed with pride to the establishment of the Overmountain Victory Trail signed into law by the President on Sept. 8th this year. That march has been developed into an annual social and cultural function in five states and par ticipated by thousands who live near the trails. That dedication earned with the blood and dedication of your forefathers helped create the America we know today.” “Your reenactment of this im portant turning point in history will become even more valuable to your children and grand children as the years go by. This celebration this week has taught them where they came from and how independence and liberty came about in this country. It’s very appropriate,” said the Governor. Legion Commander Fred Cor bett of Charlotte, State Aux iliary President Virginia Dalmas of Valdese, and representatives of the DAR, patriotic groups and descendants of battle heroes at Kings Mountain. The Governor, alluding to the world situation of unrest, called for a stronger national policy on defense. Mrs. Larry Wood sang the National Anthem, accompanied by a U.S. Marine Band from Camp Lejeune, the invocation was given by Rev. Robert Bog gan and the benediction was said by Rev. M.L. Campbell. Senator J. Ollie Harris of Kings Mountain gave the welcome and recalled the great celebration at the battlefields in 1930 when President Hoover came to town. That was a great celebration. But today’s is just as great,” he said. Senator Helen Marvin Rhyne of Gastonia presented a number of dignitaries including: Rep. Jack Hunt, Rep. Edith Lutz, Rep. David Bumgardner, Mrs. Joyce Cashion. Congressman and Mrs. Jim Broyhill, Former Mayors Kelly Dixon and Tom Fulton, Mayor and Mrs. John Henry Moss, City Commis sioners Jim Childers, Humes Houston, Corbet Nicholson, Norman King, Bill Grissom and Jim Dickey. Dr. Larry Kice, director of Archives and History, General of the Army William C. Westmoreland, honorary chairman and parade marshal, N.C. Adjutant General Ingram, Gen. Carl D. Walker of Tennessee, National Vice Com mander Godwin of Tennessee, of the American Legion, State Mayor John Henry Moss, gener^ chairman, welcomed the crowd and echoed the Governor’s statement that this is a great day for Kings Mountain. The weatherman smiled ap provingly on Tuesday’s parade and onlookers sat on the streets in short shirt sleeves to view a red, white and blue display of floats, marching bands, pretty girls, including Miss North Carolina and Miss South Carolina, and military bands. About 50 exhilarated Over mountain men joined the parade route at one point but did not make the hour long journey to the stadium because program delays would have prevented their arrival at the National Military Park at 3 p.m. The mar chers left the parade route and boarded Military Park buses to the Park. School students and numerous Kings Mountain employees of business enjoyed a holiday Tues day, much to the delight of the kids who rode on floats and par ticipated in many events of the day long activities. i " K';- Luncheon at Kings Mountain Senioi Higi 'V I'-V, \ Senator Sam Ervin attends park ceremony.. Overmountain men arrive at KM National Park. Secretary Andrus places Bradley Morrah. Aoei Gerald Merna speaks at »c wreath on monument.., Bill Stronik dispk given in menidh' ih

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