Families reflect on military service at Phoenix National Cemetery

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2017

The Memorial Day ceremony was sponsored by the Beirut Memorial Chapter 642, Military Order of the Purple Heart, for the 9th year.

While the stories of time spent overseas abound at ceremonies such as the one held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, they are accompanied by a solemn sense of loss and heartache for those who never returned home.

Throughout the day, people honored those who died protecting our country and those still serving.

Veterans, their families, local city officials, and the community gathered at City Park to rededicate the park's veterans memorial.

Speakers included veterans, speaking about those that have lost their lives in the line of duty for their country.

"It means a lot to me, especially today, because it's about the people fallen, and a lot of people don't realize what Memorial Day is", Strong said. "It's like losing a brother or sister", said Francisco Ureña, Secretary of Veterans' Services'.

At the Rockies game, they paused to honor those who served, including Master Sergeant Jonathan Thompson who was at the game and received a standing ovation.

"My father in law was a World War II vet in Korea and they deserve it". "And I'm sure with the kids coming on today, they'll do their share, and keep freedom for their kids".

U.S. Representative John Carter spoke to the crowd, talking about the future of the military. "Even though he is not here with me physically, he is still here spiritually within me", said Brunson.

"I'm not sad about it", said Harris.

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