C.G. Bolden Day, February 20, 2017 (Observed)
Video Courtesy of Warren Johnson (VBC, AR: Thanks for the Memories)
About C.G. Bolden
C.G. Bolden of Clinton, Arkansas left his home & family at the age of 23 to fight as a Corporal in the Korean Conflict. He was captured in combat and died in 1951 in a North Korean prison camp. His family was notified that he was missing in action.
In 2015, after 63 years, the community and the Bolden family welcomed their long-lost hero home. He was laid to rest in Clinton Cemetery with full military honors.
Be it known to all from this day forward and progressing every year henceforth that February 19th be set aside and declared by the City of Clinton, Arkansas, United States of America Corporal C. G. Bolden Day.
This proclamation is enacted by the mayor of the City of Clinton, Richard McCormac, and endorsed and approved by the city council of Clinton, Arkansas; Sammy Ward, Johnny Moore, Jason Lynch, Nina Bonds Baker, Gayla Bradley, and Tim Barnes.
Let this day be set aside every year for the enrichment, the education, and the remembrance of any and all veterans who gave their lives as a sacrifice for our freedoms; with a particular and special emphasis on those who were prisoners of war and those declared missing in action.
May this day always serve as a reminder that our freedoms are not free, but are freely given to us all, by these selfless few.
Declared Thursday, February 19, 2015
The City of Clinton would like to thank the guest speakers & coordinators of the “Freedom Isn’t Free” Program at Clinton Schools, honoring the veterans, POWs, servicemen & servicewomen and their families who have helped to preserve our freedom through their dedication and sacrifice. Many thanks to the Bolden family for their participation, to the students and faculty of Clinton Schools, and to those who supported with their attendance.