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MEC Employees Are Recognized for Patriotism



Stuart Buchanan, founding member and chairman of the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial Committee (center), presents a plaque of recognition to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) employees, thanking them for volunteering their services and displaying the American Flag at patriotic functions. Accepting the plaque for all the employees are MEC President & CEO John C. Lee, Jr. (left), and Clint Card, manager of Chase City district operations.


When Mecklenburg County citizens and visitors approach the town of Clarksville to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony, the Fourth of July Parade and other patriotic festivities, their attention is immediately drawn to the 30’ X 50’ flag suspended over Virginia Avenue by two Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) bucket trucks. Under the guidance of MEC President & CEO John C. Lee, Jr., the employees involved with this venture donate time from their own day off from work to drive the trucks to Clarksville and arrive early that morning to display “Old Glory.” Recently, Lee and all MEC employees who have been involved in displaying the flag were recognized by the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial Committee. Stuart Buchanan, founding member of the committee, made the presentation to Lee and Clint Card, manager of district operations in Chase City.

On receiving the plaque, Lee humbly commented, “On behalf of all of us at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and myself, I simply want to say, ‘Thank you!’ We are so very proud to be a small part of any activity or event that recognizes those who have served, or are currently serving in our military…without them, this nation and those who live here would not enjoy the life-changing rights that all too often seem to be taken for granted these days. We are humbled by the appreciation that the Veterans Memorial Committee has extended to the Cooperative…but frankly, we feel as though it is our duty to be a part of these events and it is us who should continually be thanking them.”

Lee continues, “Honoring military veterans and active-duty personnel is the least we as Americans can do. These men and women have sacrificed, and are sacrificing, some of their own ambitions in order that we would not have to sacrifice ours. And of course, many made the ultimate sacrifice. It is with great pride that I can say, there is NO organization…anywhere, who recognizes and honors the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in the Armed Forces more so than our cooperative, and all those who work here. We also hold our employees who are veterans in high regard and are proud to work alongside them every day.”

The Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial Monument is dedicated to all Mecklenburg County, Virginia, residents who gave their lives in service to their country, including those from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism. The monument contains the names of 578 local citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is open year-round and is located in downtown Clarksville at the intersections of Highways 15, 49 and 58 Business. At the monument site, eight flags fly around-the-clock and represent the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and each branch of our military. Memorial brick pavers also surround the monument in honor or in memory of any veteran who served honorably in the military. Commemoration services are held there each Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Buchanan mentions, “I encourage folks to come out to the memorial, pay respects to the fallen military personnel whose names are inscribed on the monument, and view the many bricks on the walkway.” He adds that bricks are still available for sponsorship. “The cost to have a brick placed is $50 and that includes adding a name on it,” he says. “The funds from the sale of bricks pay for ongoing expenses of upkeep of the memorial and replacement of the flags due to exposure to the elements.”

For more information about honoring family members or friends by purchasing bricks, contact Stuart Buchanan at 434-372-3466






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