Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May, is a federal holiday to honor U.S war heroes. Although originally set up to honor soldiers from the Civil War, the holiday expanded after World War I to include soldiers from all wars. On Monday, May 30th the American Legion, Jessie M. Dykes Post #12 and the Veterans of Foreign War in Richmond, KY held an Honoring Memorial Day Ceremony at the Richmond Cemetery with the main focus on the placement of the Wreath, Rifle and Dog Tags in remembrance of the fallen and missing men and women of the United States Armed Forces. There were several in attendance for the early morning service, including Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and Kentucky State Rep., House District 81, Rita Smart. The American Legion Riders provided a grand entrance lead by Bill Jessie, Commander of the A.L. Riders. Bill Strong, Commander of Post 12 began the ceremony by welcoming all in attendance, followed by the Invocation lead by Mike Bogie, Chaplain of Post 12. The highlight of the ceremony included special guest, Colonel Brian L. Rogers, commander of the Blue Grass Army Depot with a heart retching speech focused on 9 11 and remembrance of the tragic incident bestowed upon the United States ten years ago. He concluded his speech by reminding the crowd to never forget “not only ten years ago but, even ten years from now.” “Remember our Soldiers.” said Colonel Rogers.
As you go throughout your holiday activities, grilling, family and friend get-togethers, boating or swimming, keep in mind the real reason you can continue with these activities. FREEDOM. Remember the bloodshed and the lives lost of American Servicemen and women. Remember our American Soldiers and our Veterans, not only today, but every day.
Story and Photos by: Rhonda McIntyre
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