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Memorial Day - Remembrance, Honor Hailing Back to US Civil War

30 May, 2017, 06:19 | Author: Eddie Kim

The monument is dedicated to service members whose remains were never identified. Ken Hoksbergen read a poem about the origin of poppies becoming widely recognized as the flower of remembrance for those who served the country and passed away.

U-S Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine calls Memorial Day a unique holiday because it pays tribute to the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country. "But this is the one day that we remember service members who died and gave their lives for our country".

On Memorial Day, Americans honor our war dead.

People enjoyed barbecue and visiting with one another before the ceremony, which featured a presentation of colors, the national anthem, taps and a special presentation honoring fallen heroes over the past year. Each post does their part to honor our veterans.

Mayor Shari Cantor said she grew up in the tumultuous Vietnam era with service as a tradition in her family.

"It's an honor for us to do that for our fallen veterans", commented post member Larry Merritt, who has been with the Legion 48 years since serving in the Army airborne. It's a day many of us will celebrate with a trip to the lake, the golf course or the pool or by cooking out with friends and family. "But, of course, Memorial Day is all about those who died", she said.

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In Logan's Decoration Day decree, he called for Americans to lay "the choicest flowers of springtime" and decorate the graves of the war dead "whose bodies now lie in nearly every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land".

Cloverdale: Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the American Legion William Russell Ledford Post 293, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 293 and VFW Ray Zittleman Post 9268, begins at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the Veterans Memorial at Cloverdale's Riverside Cemetery on Crocker Road. The Veterans of Foreign Wars adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower in 1922. We shake the hands of as numerous veterans who attend with honest thanks for all that they have given to secure our country and our future.

Mayor Richard Callender closed the parade ceremony with a speech that included a list of the dead from all of the various conflicts the United States has participated in, using the figures as a reminder of what he called the price of freedom.

If you are in the mood to shop, this weekend might be a good time, as stores use the Memorial Day weekend as a springboard to summer discounts.

"We should do all the things we want to do and should do, so go and do them", he added. "Our district, New York's 21st district, has the highest number of veterans out of any other district in NY state, so to see the outpouring of support of community members and veterans going back to World War II is really humbling", Stefanik said.


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