In what has become an annual event, wreaths purchased by area residents are being laid on graves of veterans at the St. Maryâ€™s Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to honor their military service throughout the holiday season.
Area residents gathered at a noon ceremony Saturday at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Cemetery in preparation for the wreath-laying. The St. Marys Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail posted the colors and the assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence prior to remarks given by Father Eric Vogt, OSB, who spoke about the purpose of the event.
â€śWe are gathered here today at this memorial site and memorial sites all across America to remember that we are one nation with one flag,â€ť Vogt said. â€śThe freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying here before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear.
â€śWe thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not forget you. We shall remember. Today we show a united front of national unity all across the United States of America as we remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.â€ť