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Memorial Day 2017

Prairie City service at 10 a.m. May 29 at Waveland Cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:03 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:04 a.m. CST

The American Legion Post No. 275 will be putting out the grave marker flags, the roadside flags and the “Avenue of Flags” beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. All legionnaires, veterans and any interested persons are invited and encouraged to help in this action of showing honor and remembrance for those who gave their all for their country. If you want to help, please come to the middle road at the Waveland Cemetery.

Our Nation’s flag flies at half staff. The stars and stripes marks the graves of fallen soldiers. Prayers are offered. America stops to remember those who fought and died for freedom.

That is what Memorial Day is supposed to be for all Americans — a time to reflect on the past, remembering those who helped guarantee our freedoms. A day set aside to remember accomplishments of men and women of valor and courage. These brave men and women, who answered their country’s call, came from all walks of life. They came from the rural countrysides and the streets of big cities. They came from factories, offices, colleges and farms. Some were young and just beginning life, while others were busy raising families.

Each had one thing in common — they were proud of their America. They demonstrated this pride by serving the nation. They asked not for reward or glory. They asked only to serve a nation they loved so dearly.

These proud men and women were to face fear and danger, while defending the flag and freedom for their fellow citizens. They have paid the price for our freedoms and to see our flag continue to wave freely in the breeze. The price of freedom for these heroes was their life.

Our task, those who have served the nation and returned to our loved ones, friends and neighbors, is to ensure that Americans everywhere remember these men and women, and honor their service and sacrifice. We, the veterans of America, will never forget our friends in uniform who paid so much that others would be free.

That is what Memorial Day is to veterans. It is a day to remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while fulfilling the greatest obligation of their citizenship.

How better can we exercise one of our freedoms and show our respect, than by attending and/or participating in the Memorial Day Service, by the American Legion and others, to remember and honor these fallen comrades? Memorial Day Service will be at 10 a.m. May 29 at Waveland Cemetery.

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