The annual McDowell County Memorial Day service took place Sunday at the Senior Center in Marion. The service was hosted by American Legion Post 56. The colors of the United States and the flags for each branch of the service were presented. For this year’s observance at the Senior Center, organizers chose to remember a McDowell native who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The honored warrior was Navy Corpsman 2nd Class Gollie Leo Grant of Old Fort who was killed in action in September 1966 while aiding his fallen comrades. For his gallantry, Grant was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, which is second only to the Medal of Honor. The Old Fort native, who was only 22, is buried in a national cemetery in San Diego, Calif. but he is not forgotten by his fellow McDowell County veterans. The guest speaker for Sunday’s service was Ken Leland, who was the squad leader when Grant lost his life in Vietnam. In retirement, Leland has been active in telling the story of the Vietnam War in high schools, universities and civic organizations for more than 20 years. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Speakers Bureau, whose mission is to inform young people and the general public of the realities of the Vietnam War and those who experienced it. The ceremony concluded with the tolling of the bell 21 times and the playing of “Taps.”