|Holyoke honors, remembers the fallen|
|Written by Chris Lee|
The wind was blowing due east which made for a pretty sight heading to Holyoke’s Memorial Park Monday, May 28. The flags, flying at half staff, were evenly blowing toward the cemetery, which was the setting for the annual Memorial Day service.
About 60 people turned out for the service Monday. Many more roamed the cemetery, placing flowers at the resting places of loved ones and remembering those who fought for the country.
A strong breeze kept the flags flying Monday, May 28 at Holyoke Cemetery for Memorial Day. —Enterprise photo
The speaker for Monday’s service was Terrence G. Barth, Captain USMC Retired. With this being the first Memorial Day since the end of the Iraq War, Barth said, “We are reminded of the full cost of war.” Nearly 4,500 men and women gave their lives in the Iraq War.
“Join me in celebrating those who sacrificed,” Barth said. He read a speech written by the VFW which concentrated on honoring the fallen, remembering what they fought and are fighting for and preserving the dreams and sacrifice of the nation’s heroes.
Headstones throughout the cemetery, such as this one above, were beautifully decorated with numerous colors and American flags Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. —Enterprise photo
“This is the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Barth read. “We need to teach today’s youth that nothing comes without a price.”
He concluded by thanking the youth in the community for all they do.
Gene Daise and Dennis Keasling placed the VFW Post 6482 Memorial and American Legion Post 90 Memorial wreaths. Richard Brown read the Memorial Honor Roll.
Dennis Keasling and Gene Daise were given the honor of placing the memorial wreaths during Monday’s Memorial Day service held at Memorial Park. —Enterprise photo
A 21-gun salute was conducted by members of the honor guard, and Taps was played by Jack Wieland.
Deane Anderson offered the prayers throughout the service while Marcia Dalton and Kaylee Groshans helped lead the crowd by singing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Holyoke Enterprise May 31, 2012