Services Honor Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice

By: Karen Todd
By: Karen Todd

People all over the nation gathered to honor those service men and women who gave up their lives for our country.

Several ceremonies were held here at home, including one at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery and a larger ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery.

Members of the local chapters of the Veteran of Foreign Wara (VFW) say it's important to not only keep the memory of our fallen soldiers alive, but also to teach young children about the importance of Memorial Day.

Dozens came out to remember our veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery on North Virginia Street.

The service inside the mausoleum included a presentation by the Reed High School Junior Naval ROTC Color Guard.

At 11 o'clock dozens of VFW members turned out for a ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery. "This is kinda remembering the ones that never made it back, or made it back and have gone since then," said VFW post Commander Bernard Juran.

"It's remembering our service people who served in the wars and died for this country," said Bill Maltman, VFW post Commander.

Here hundreds of flags line the cemetery grounds in memory of those who've served in our armed forces.

But one local V-F-W Commander says this day of rememberance isn't what it used to be. "Memorial Day you used to drive around with your lights on you don't see people doing it anymore - they forget."

Though many turned out with their children to pay tribute to our servicemen and women, Bill Maltman says many Americans have simply forgotten the significance of this holiday. "They go fishing, boating, camping and they think it's a big party - that's not what it's for," he said.

So, this ceremony and others like it, are a chance for people to pause and remember the freedoms our servicemen and women have fought to retain.


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