Memorial Day Walk of Honor remembers the fallen

Olive Rios
May 30, 2017

The words, "gone, but not forgotten" embody the respect and appreciation Agawam residents and government leaders felt on Memorial Day. "Those that gave their lives in protection of our freedoms, I like to pay homage to them". "Because, at the time, we didn't have any armored vehicles".

Veterans we spoke to say Memorial Day is important for all members of the military.

"It's just awesome to see everyone in uniform and have the chance to pay tribute because I don't think we do that enough", said Mariah Payne visiting from Gilbert, Arizona.

In Arlington National Cemetery, President Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and honored gold star moms.

Remembering those who fought is what the day was all about at the Orchard Cemetery.

Porter Camp member Bernard Doyle read from the General Orders No. 11, which designated "the 30th day of May. for the objective of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion".

While many take advantage of Memorial Day weekend by spending time outside and barbecuing, a few hundred people in Durango spent Monday at several ceremonies honoring those who have fallen in combat.

He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind. "You know, we're a humble lot of people., so we only talk about our experiences with people who share those similar experiences".

"I wanted to help all the people who were sad that their parents or children who died in the wars", said Nathan Larson. The Cub Scout presents a flag to the veteran and salutes them.

It's a challenge many Legions and VFW posts share as the veterans from earlier wars age and can't be as involved.

"I think they just have to understand", Williams explained, "why they are given a right and a privilege to go to the lakes, or barbecue, or whatever".

James Lemon, a World War II vet, attended the ceremony.

Memorial Day events were organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, The Vietnam Veterans Association, the Girl Scouts of America, the Durango Karate Club and other local volunteers.

"This is one of the greatest things that we can do is stand up for those who didn't make it".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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