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Memorial Day at Memorial for the Fallen

Photo by Shari Harris
Sr. Vice-Commander Aaron Hall, Jr. Vice-Commander Charles Hayes, Commander Billie Krewson, Officer of the Day Harry Brevoort, and President of VFW Auxiliary Princess Fahnestock observe Memorial Day at the Memorial for the Fallen.
By Shari Harris,
Licking’s VFW Post 6337 celebrated the observance of Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Memorial for the Fallen in Licking. Post Commander Billie Krewson led the ceremony honoring those veterans who have given so much for our freedom. Cdr. Krewson quoted from an article, “Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery,” adapted from a speech by Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) delivered on April 9, 2019, at Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C.
“We go to great lengths to recover fallen comrades, we honor them in the most precise and exacting ceremonies, we set aside national holidays to remember and celebrate them. We do these things for them, of course, but also for us, the living. Their stories of heroism, of sacrifice, and of patriotism remind us of what is best in ourselves, and they teach our children what is best in America,” Cdr. Krewson quoted. The more than twenty-five VFW members and attendees of the event listened respectfully as Cdr. Krewson continued. Then Krewson commanded the officers to make their tributes. 
Photo by Shari Harris
Gary Gorman, Eric Swingle, and Ed Folger
 made up the Rifle Detail for the Memorial Day Observance.

Vice-Commander Aaron Hall, followed by Jr. Vice-Commander Charles Hayes, Officer of the Day Harry Brevoort, and President of VFW Auxiliary Princess Fahnestock each completed their part of the ceremony. Gary Gorman, Eric Swingle, and Ed Folger made up the Rifle Detail, which offered its salute next. Finally Ed Bennett  played Taps, then Cdr. Krewson ended the ceremony and thanked those who attended. 
Ed Bennett played “Taps” at the end of the ceremony.

It was a beautiful day, breezy and warm, and the threat of rain held off to allow the ceremony to proceed without interruption. What a sharp contrast to the bitterly cold Veteran’s Day Remembrance in November, when the VFW held a similar observance at this park. This, too, should remind us that, although we have the “sunny days” of peace and freedom in our lives, the opposite may be true for our soldiers stationed around the globe, facing perils and hardships unknown to us. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers on this Memorial Day and always.


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