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Marysville honors the fallen with Memorial Day ceremony

 

Christopher Andersson

A local honor guard gives a rifle salute to pay respects to veterans who passed away during wartime at Marysville's Memorial Day ceremony on May 29.

Marysville community members and veterans gathered at the city's cemetery on Memorial Day to honor military service members who have passed away.

The American Legion Post 178 hosted their annual ceremony on May 29 this year to remember those who had sacrificed for their country.

"Let us ever be mindful of each sacrifice made on behalf of the American people by our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and friends," said chaplain for the Legion post Ken Cage.

Commander Mike Palomino said that some take the day for granted, and he hopes ceremonies like Marysville's help people pay their respects.

"The true meaning goes far beyond the barbecues and mattress sales," he said.

"While it was originally founded to honor those who had died during the Civil War, it is now to honor all those who have died during military service," said Palomino.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Mike Shaw said that the impact of thousands who have perished while fighting for their country is great.

"These men and women are not just statistics. They're not just numbers on a spreadsheet. They're mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, cousins, grandparents," he said.

Local student Emily Kapus shared her own story of her grandfather, from an essay she wrote which she recently won a scholarship for.

She describes visiting the gravesite of her grandfather at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring gives his thoughts on Memorial Day during Marysville's ceremony during the holiday on May 29.

"We stared in silence at the headstone labeled Robert Kapus, a name among thousands of names, and I am struck with a painful and morbid thought: all that is left of this great man, of his service and sacrifice to this country, is a tiny space of ash," she said.

However, she concluded, the impact of the man was much greater than what remains.

"What remains of him physically may be trivial, but he lives on in the memories that spill out of our mouths as we stand around his grave and talk about him for hours," she said.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said we should all be thankful for the sacrifices made for us.

"It's important to remember that we continue to enjoy our freedoms because what they have done," he said.

"The debt that we owe those who have perished throughout history and their family members who have had to suffer in their absence, cannot be fully repaid," he said.

 

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