Thursday, May 2, 2013

Full Military Honors Accorded Local Resident

The sun was shining and a cold wind blew on Jan 10, 1994 when Col. David Burgett was laid to rest at Sumner Cemetery with full military honors.  The only time in Lawrence county that such an impressive tribute has been paid to a fallen comrade….The flag draped casket was placed on a black caisson drawn by four black horses bearing two riders.  Preceding this was a single horseman on another black horse. The chaplain walked ahead of the horse unit, while the drummers sounded a muted funeral march.  Nine honor guards accompanied the casket on its journey through this cemetery.  Immediately behind the caisson was a lone black riderless horse bearing an empty saddle and rear-facing boots in the stirrups, symbolic of the loss of a commander. The silence was broken by a 21 gun salute.

This is only one of the stories that will be told Sunday afternoon May 5, 2013 on the tour at the Sumner City Cemetery sponsored by the Historical Society.  Don't forget to buy your tickets at the Chamber of Commerce's office.  A few tickets may be available Sunday at the cemetery but to guarantee a seat buy your tickets in advance. (Steve Cunningham assures me that access into the wagon can be accomplished by all so don't let that stop you!)