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Cedars Memorial Day program honors late CHS cadet

Posted: May 22, 2015 4:50 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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The Rev. Yoland Jones, who presided over Friday’s ceremony, played the flute at the beginning and end of the program. Jones spoke about Clark, encouraging his fellow CHS JROTC cadets not to forget him, but to move forward from their loss and focus on their goals and aspirations.

An annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Cedars Cemetery in Camden on Friday honored the memory of a Camden High School (CHS) cadet who died earlier this year.

Lomar Clark, 16, a CHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadet, died in a one-vehicle car crash Jan. 30. CHS’ JROTC unit has participated in previous Cedars Cemetery Memorial Day program and was on hand Friday as well.

The Rev. Yoland Jones, who presided over Friday’s ceremony, told the young people gathered she felt their pain.

“I really do. I’m just prayerful over each and every one of you. You know that you can find rest and peace in God,” Jones said. “He will give you comfort, as he is comforting Lomar’s mother. It’s a very painful loss, I know, and we come to question why things happen, but I just want to encourage you today to continue to move forward in the goal and the expectations and the aspirations that each one of you have. I didn’t know this young man personally … (but) he will not be forgotten.”

During the program, Jones also played the flute to begin and end the ceremony, which opened with a prayer from the Rev. Rosalind Watson.

“We just come, Lord God, thanking the Lord God for so many young people, for so many people all over this world and this country who have given their lives, the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of all mankind,” Watson said. “We thank you for all your many blessings. We thank you for all the young people here in the ROTC. We thank you as they prepare for a future to help us continue in this land of opportunity.”

The ceremony was also dedicated in memory of Eddie and Virginia Furman.

The JROTC unit presented a traditional flag-folding ceremony, with Cadet Kayla Wilson narrating and describing the meaning behind each fold of the flag. The ceremony is done at the end of the day at U.S. military installations as the flag is retired for the night and results in the flag being folded in a neat triangle shape.

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