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Marysville Memorial Day event honors fallen service members


Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC color guard members bring the flags into the American Legion's Memorial Day ceremony at the Marysville Cemetery on May 30.

Officials and community members came out to the Marysville Cemetery to remember the sacrifices of past wars as part of this year's Memorial Day on May 30.

The local American Legion Post 178 held their annual ceremony to give thanks and remembrance to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Memorial Day is meant to "to pay our respects to our fallen comrades, no matter where they lie," said American Legion chaplain Ken Cage.

He hoped that people understood the magnitude of those sacrifices.

"We know, oh God, that their sacrifices are the only reason we can gather like this," he said.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said the gravity of that kind of sacrifice should not be forgotten.

"We should never forget or minimize the immensity of this sacrifice of those who have given there lives and those who are left behind to grieve and go on without them," he said.

Nehring also wanted to say "how incredibly grateful I am for those who put their lives on the line for our nation and the freedom we enjoy."

In World War II and the wars that the U.S. has fought since then, like the Korean War or the Vietnam War, there have been hundreds of thousands of deaths of U.S. soldiers, he said.

"The numbers add up and they're staggering and we ought not forget them. And we know these individuals are not numbers," he said.

When preparing his remarks, Nehring remembered a quote from Abraham Lincoln about the arbitrary nature of who gets to come home from wars.

"That quote has always meant a lot to me, because it does seem unfair that that's the way it happens for those that have made that sacrifice," he said.

Nehring was thankful for all veterans and their service to their country and their communities.

"On behalf of the City of Marysville, I would like to thank all those that have served and those that continue to serve today throughout the world," he said.

Christopher Andersson

American Legion members fire into the air to perform an honor guard rifle salute to pay respects as part of the American Legion's Memorial Day ceremony at the Marysville Cemetery on May 30.

"One of the things that's so noteworthy and amazing about our United States Armed Forced is not that it's perfect, no person or organization is perfect, but that the greatest military force on the face of the Earth has harnessed that capacity for the greater good of so many," he said.

Nehring also said that the Marysville community is glad to have a veteran presence in it.

"Marysville's a proud military community. I'm proud to say that, whether it's the support for Naval Station Everett or the Army Reserve Center or the many military families that live here," he said.

Marysville's American Legion Post commander Jim Sewell wanted to thank everyone who participates in making the ceremony: "we'd like to thank Mayor Nehring for his remarks, Mr. Rants and the Marysville-Pilchuck High School band, and also the Marysville NJROTC for doing the colors and the honor guard, and last we'd like to thank Marysville Cemetery for getting the cemetery ready this morning."


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