‘We are here, you are welcome’

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM.

He said his friend always had “a ready smile and a ready hug. You would not meet a nicer person; you could not have a better friend.”

Hinson said that when the Lamberts would arrive at the island, they would put out the flag at their Plantation home, which said to all “We are here, you are welcome, come see us.”

Hinson said he hoped the same is now being said to visitors to the island as they arrive at the lighthouse, its centerpiece. “This is a fitting tribute,” he said.

The Lamberts’ niece and nephew, Josh and Karina Hollingsworth, sang the National Anthem, followed by an invocation from Rev. Themo Patriotis, of the St. George Island United Methodist Church.

“The men and women we honor today have shown great love, not just for friends but for strangers,” he said. “For those they never met. We’re praying for those who are alive today. They’re giving their lives right now so that we may pray.”

County Commissioner Pinki Jackel followed with the keynote remarks. “We are reminded as those solemn shots rang out of those we have known and loved, those that we have admired and respected, and those that we will never forget making the ultimate sacrifice one can make for the preservation of our freedom.”

Jackel, whose district includes the entire island, outlined a brief history of Memorial Day, and of the more than one million lives lost on the battlefield in US wars. “Our nation is currently at war, and today we should take the time to say a prayer for our active troops and their families and to thank a veteran for their service to our country and for our freedom.”

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