Memorial Day parades, ceremonies honor fallen military

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2017

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by their families and loved ones they left behind-special, special people".

Wreaths are placed to honor fallen members of the US armed forces Monday during the community's. Huge grins adorned their faces as they watched the procession start, although Williamsel and McQuay were celebrating more than just Memorial Day.

Rockey was just 18 when he fought in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a historic Korean War battle in which approximately 120,000 Chinese troops surrounded about 15,000 USA troops and another 15,000 United Nations troops. "I always say, I could not do what I do if it wasn't for what you have done".

Michael Martinez, Vietnam Veteran said, "That's the hard part for a lot of us, knowing that we know, everybody in here knows somebody that didn't come back, one way or another". Craig Harding served four years in the United States Marine Corps, and Hilory Harding's service in the Army included two deployments in the second Iraq War.


Chabot said it is also a time to think of those who came home from conflicts or their time in the military.

He addressed US service members stationed at a naval base in Sicily as "warriors of freedom" and the "patriots who keep the fires of liberty burning".

With an all-voluntary military, shared sacrifice is largely a thing of the past - even as US troops remain in Afghanistan and Iraq almost 16 years after 9/11.

Laura Miller said she's been attending the Silver City Memorial Day event for several years. Survivor Outreach Services offices will continue to provide supportive counseling, financial education, benefits coordination and support groups to Family members at the garrison and the surrounding areas.


Former Greensboro Mayor Bill Knight, a foundation board member and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, told the crowd that people need to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day. "Thank you for your presence here today to honor of deceased veterans".

Along with those who choose to volunteer their time to honor those dearest to them.

Those participating said this is a tradition they don't take lightly.

"Just think about how privileged and blessed we are, and that things aren't as bad as we think they are".


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