Community honors its fallen soldiers

Veterans and families of veterans gathered at three area cemeteries Monday morning to honor those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

More than 1 million Americans have died since the American Revolution defending the nation’s freedom and liberty, Roger McElhiney of the Veterans of Foreign Wars said. “We see their dedication, courage and sacrifice and appreciate the freedom” they secured for this nation.

Like everyone else, the persons who sacrificed their lives for freedom had dreams, hopes and ambitions of their own, McElhiney said. They sacrificed those to bring a legacy of liberty.

They provided an example of commitment to America, he said, and through that, the American people have enjoyed freedom in their daily lives guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. They had the character to be free and remain free.

“When we remember, we make America a living memorial to their dedication and sacrifice,” McElhiney said.

Pastor Robert Wolfe opened and closed in prayer asking God to be with loved ones, that Memorial Day be something that is meaningful for everyone.

He suggested that those veterans who have made sacrifices, those in Veterans Administration hospitals or paralyzed, but are still alive be remembered.

For those who have lost loved ones to war, Pastor Wolfe asked that they find peace in God.

Jan Hufford-Wilson provided a reading of “Flander’s Field.”

Representatives of different veterans organizations laid wreathes honoring America’s fallen at the base of a flag flying at half mast.

A rifle volley by active military personnel concluded the ceremon