County, city observe moment of silence

Published 5:59 pm Monday, May 31, 2010

Sixty seconds isn’t even enough time to say the names of the more than 130 fallen soldiers from Dallas County.

But when Selma and Dallas County paused at 3 p.m. Monday for a Moment of Remembrance for Memorial Day, one minute of silence brought back years of memories for Mallieve Breeding.

At least six of her schoolmates from the 1939 senior class at Selma High School lost their lives in World War II, a fact she didn’t know until listening to the names.

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“I didn’t realize there were that many of my class that had died,” Breeding said.

This is the second year Selma has held a Moment of Remembrance, but this is the first year names have been read.

“That way they’re people, they’re not just names,” Breeding said. “They actually were friends of mine. It made it real to me in a way that I had not felt before.”

Mayor George Evans and distinguished guests at City Hall led Selma in the moment of silence.

Jessie Sanchez, American Legion Post 20 member, played “Taps” while the flag next to City Hall was moved to half-mast.

“Everybody in America, at 3 p.m. their time, paused for one minute to remember those who have given their lives so that we all could be doing whatever we want to do on Memorial Day and all the rest of the year,” said Kay Alsobrook, chairperson of the event committee.

If the name of a loved one was not on the list of names, contact the office of the mayor to have the name added for future years.

The National Moment of Remembrance began in 2000.