Captain Mark Garner to be Honored with Naming and Dedication of Overmountain Victory Trail… VFW Post 7794 Ceremony is on Veteran’s Day, November 11
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7794 of Elkin recognizes Mark Garner, a local area Afghanistan War Casualty with the changing of its post’s name and the dedication of a local trail in his honor. The National Veterans of Foreign Wars approved the renaming of Post 7794 to the CAPTAIN MARK GARNER Post in September 2014 and the Town of Elkin approved a request to name a section of trail within Elkin Municipal Park in his honor at the October 6th Town Board Meeting. Captain Mark Garner, United States Army, was raised in State Road, North Carolina and graduated from Elkin High School. He furthered his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his commission upon graduation. Following various military assignments he was ultimately assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. Captain Garner, 30, died July 6, 2009, in Argandab District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. At the time of his death he was traveling in a convoy of U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists. Captain Garner was buried with full military honors at Hollywood Cemetery in Elkin on July 18, 2009. Captain Garner will be honored on Veterans Day 2014 with the naming and dedication of a section of trail in Elkin Municipal Park. This section of trail is part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail that runs from Elkin to Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. This section of trail will eventually be a section of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea trail as well. A prominent marker honoring Captain Garner will be placed along the trail. During the same ceremony, VFW Post 7794 will unveil the new Post charter honoring “Captain Mark Garner.” The program is scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday, November 11th in Elkin Municipal Park. For additional information regarding this release, please contact Post Quartermaster Sam Bishop at (336) 366-9751 or email at email@example.com.