Thursday, September 3, 2020

Award Ceremony -Sept 13 in Honor of Louisville Native William E. Tabor - WWII Veteran

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of American Ex-Prisoners of War in Japan after WWII, the City of Louisville, First Methodist Church and the family of William E. Tabor, Jr. (now deceased) will host an award ceremony honoring the recent posthumous award of Mr. Tabor's Third Bronze Star Medal by the U. S. Army. You are invited to attend and join in this patriotic and inspiring ceremony.

Date: September 13, 2020 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: First Methodist Church; 16449 West Main Street; Louisville, MS 39339
Persons in Charge: Mayor Will Hill, Rev. Mike Childs and William E. Tabor, III (son)

Singer STEVE GREEN, an early member of the Gaither Vocal Band, will be performing. Steve was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and was a vocalist for evangelist Billy Graham.

Mr. Tabor was captured by the Empire of Japan in April of 1942 and endured the infamous Bataan Death March in the Philippine Islands. He was a prisoner for 3 and 1/2 years, and was liberated by the Army on September 15, 1945 at Niigata, Japan. Honorably discharged in May of 1946, Mr. Tabor was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, two Bronze Star medals, the Philippine Defense Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal and other decorations. On April 29th, 2020, in recognition of his extraordinary service in the defense of the Philippines, Mr. Tabor was posthumously issued his third Bronze Star Medal. The award will be presented to the family at this ceremony. Military officers and Congressional members may be present. Business casual attire is requested. Social distancing and masks are expected. A reception in Fellowship Hall will follow in Fellowship Hall.
Please mark your calendar.  You are cordially invited to attend.