Honoring our fallen heroes

May 29, 2015

Farwell's Memorial Day Parade Photo by Steve Landon

Farwell’s Memorial Day Parade
Photo by Steve Landon

By Steve Landon

For many people Memorial Weekend signals the start of summer, is a time to fire up the grille and get away for a relaxing four day weekend, sadly this is not an option for American men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to those who served before and since the birth of this great nation 239 years ago we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. On Memorial Day 2015 members of the Farwell VFW Post 5738 joined area veterans and fellow Americans to pay tribute to those fallen heroes and honor those veterans still with us.

A brief parade led by the Farwell VFW Post 5738 color guard featured the Farwell High School band, Sheriff’s posse, local boys and girl scouts, Hillyards Tree Service, Hamilton’s Garage, Wernette’s Farm, and others who marched east down Main Street before gathering in front of the Veterans Memorial at the city park for services. This year’s program included traditional wreath laying ceremonies, prayers, patriotic music by the band, a gun salute, speeches by veterans and area dignitaries and the playing of Taps. The Red Hat Strutter’s closed out the program with a special tribute to Veterans and the armed services

Predicted Thundershowers during the program failed to materialize, in fact mother-nature treated those on hand to sunshine and warm temperatures until after the service.

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