The Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 and Auxiliary Unit 240 continued its 15-year tradition of hosting a Memorial Day event on Monday morning at the West End Cemetery.
The event – attended by over 100 people – included a playing of “To the Colors” flag raising ceremony, followed by the singing of The National Anthem.
Mayor Kenny Weldon – a career Air Force veteran – said, "I hope we can all pause during the day to remember those who gave their lives to defend a cause greater than themselves, the preservation of freedom. And while we honor those this Memorial Day who, in Lincoln’s words, gave the 'last full measure,' let us also say a prayer or lend a hand and kind word to a mother, father, husband, wife, son or daughter who cannot be with their loved one today, because of their loss.
“This Memorial Day, may we recognize that God has granted our nation blessings unmatched by any other country and place our attention on those intended for honor on this day."
This year’s guest speaker was Don Parker, senior adult minister at Graham Street Church of Christ and a Marine Corp Veteran. In his remarks to the audience he said, “Today we remember and honor the American soldiers, ordinary men and women who gave their lives while serving in military service for our Nation. Memorial Day is not to be a day of solemn mourning, but a day of reverent celebration.
“The graves at countless cemeteries worldwide remind us that freedom is not free. Freedom has a cost. The soldiers resting here and other cemeteries lived and died supporting the lives and values that the backbone of our nation.”
The ceremony was closed with the laying of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial by Reverend Parker and Kathy Geffre, president of the Post’s Auxiliary Unit 240, and as is traditional, that was followed by a three-volley rifle salute and playing of TAPS performed by the Post’s honor guard.