On Memorial Day, American Legion Post 795 honored fallen veterans at several area cemeteries.
They traveled to St. Joseph-Cabery, Mount Hope-Cabery, Eldridgeville, Grand Prairie Norwegian Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, Pilot, Mount Hope-Goodrich, Sts. Peter & Paul, Colman, and Grand Prairie.
The fallen soldiers were honored at these cemetaries in a simple, but beautiful ceremony which included Taps, a 21-gun salute, a moving speech and a prayer.
Terry Goodwin gave the following speech at each location:
On this beautiful day in this quiet place we have come to pay tribute to the veterans buried here. Whether in war or peace, at home in the United States or on foreign soil, in the air or on the water, in the mud, the sand, the jungles.
All of these men and women have served their country – OUR COUNTRY- defending our democracy and our freedoms that we enjoy today.
We come as an Honor Guard from Herscher American Legion Post 795 to show we do remember the service, and sacrifice these veterans have made, and the legacy they have left us. By your presence today we can see you remember also.
On this Memorial Day we especially pay tribute to the many comrades who gave their lives and did not come home to loved ones. Buried in graves near the battles they fought, some unmarked and others unidentified. Sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, all giving all they had to give for our freedom and our democracy.
We will forever be indebted to these men and women who defended our country’s freedoms.
We have placed flags in this cemetery in honor of the veterans buried here. Not all are members of our Post, but veterans none the less.
We thank them for their service, and honor them today.