Rochester's Memorial Day parade salutes those who sacrificed

May 30, 2017, 06:23

Lucasville post members attend services where they do a walk through and salute, follow the procession to the cemetery, and conduct a graveside service that includes a reading, flag folding and presentation, firing squad and the playing of Taps. Ken Hoksbergen read a poem about the origin of poppies becoming widely recognized as the flower of remembrance for those who served the country and passed away.

Before Memorial Day came a holiday called Decoration Day.

On Memorial Day, Americans honor our war dead. "Most people are cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill tomorrow". It's "the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history".

The U.S. has sent our military into many bloody wars since that first Decoration Day.

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11.

"I think it is good and really good for younger people like me to get started in supporting the fallen soldiers", said Jaiden Scully, age 12.

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Modesitt told service attendees that he sees a problem with this perception of the holiday, which was officially established in 1971 and dates back to the American Civil War. For combat veterans and Gold Star families especially, "it hurts that, as a society, we don't truly understand and appreciate what the true meaning of Memorial Day is".

Beginning with a parade down spectator-lined Main Street and ending on a more somber note with the reading of the names of more than 800 deceased local veterans at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury held its annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning. The Veterans of Foreign Wars adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower in 1922. James E. Wright explains the terms "monument" and "memorial" are sometimes used interchangeably to describe the many locations across the United States which honor the fallen.

"A lot of these guys were drafted", said Yow, who served 17 years in the Special Forces.

There, Phyllis Bowers, whose husband was a World War II veteran and served in the Navy, tossed a wreath into the flowing waters below in honor of those veterans who were lost at sea. "It's critical that we remember the men and women who have given their lives for us", NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said.

When they arrived, a soldier brought candy and broke down into tears upon seeing D'Urso's then-18-month-old brother, who was the same age as the soldier's son when he left for war, D'Urso said.

For many years, he did not do much to recognize Memorial Day. Wright says while memorials are indeed a source of remembrance, monuments "seek to celebrate the goal, the accomplishments, the heroic". In issuing the proclamation, Roosevelt said, "Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them".

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