Special commemoration program featuring guest speaker Fred Hilsenrath & other honored guests at the Clinton School Auditorium.
9:30 Invocation……Bro. Faron Rogers
9:35 Welcome Notes……Mayor Richard McCormac
9:45 Introduction……Mayor Paul Wellenberger
9:50 Keynote Presentation……Fred Hilsenrath
10:45 Remarks from visiting Guest Speakers
11:00 Folding of the Flag, Military March (Bagpiper, Doug Young)
11:15 Closing Notes……Judge Roger Hooper
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
Fred Hilsenrath lives in Fairfield Bay with his wife Eleanor. During WWII, he and his mother were confined in a concentration camp in modern-day Ukraine, along with many other individuals of Jewish heritage. He remained incarcerated for four years until he was liberated at the age of 15. In this time, he learned advanced mathematics from a fellow inmate and professor who became his mentor. The knowledge he gained as a boy helped shape his future. He built his life’s career achieving great accomplishments internationally in the fields of math and science, and sharing a passion for learning as a gateway to limitless opportunities.