Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Mound City National Cemetery

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

Decorating graves quickly expanded to placing flags at grave markers and has carried on ever since.

For Gilmore, Memorial Day is a time of reflection meant to honor fallen soldiers around the world, including the 15,000 buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

High Bridge Councilwoman Lynn Hughes spoke and introduced Liam Bolger, a youth member of the High Bridge Cultural and Heritage Committee, who spoke about the number of USA soldiers who were killed in the wars the United States has been involved in.

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"A lot of people just honor this day as getting together with family and friends, just having a good time", said Allison Madison.

This is Memorial Day weekend.

"Showing them that we still care about them, that they served their country", said Charles Bennett, the co-chair of the Maine Veterans' Association.

Post said the goal is to remember the people who sacrificed their lives in all wars. Some existing flags at gravesites needed to be replaced because they had gold tips; flags honoring veterans need to have black tips out of respect, post Commander Paul Zimarowski said. One volunteer said being a part of the moment was the highlight of her weekend. "I know what that's like too, being home while your dad's in service".

According to Brownsville Historical Association Education and Program Coordinator Dave Parsons, out of the 27,200 individuals who are buried in Old City Cemetery there are approximately 450 veterans who served as early as the War of 1812.

The first large Decoration Day was held at Arlington National Cemetery that year. "We wanted to me sure it's looking good - and it's looking great".

The group says it has participated in the parade in past years, but this year a different group is putting on the event.

The event concluded with the laying of the wreath along with TATOO, a rifle and cannon salute and TAPS.

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