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Marysville commemorates Memorial Day


Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC members are led by a local soldier in an honor guard rifle salute for the Marysville Memorial Day ceremony on May 28.

Community members recognized fallen veterans during military service during Marysville's annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 28.

The ceremony is organized by Marysville's American Legion Post 178 and held at the Marysville Cemetery.

Numerous flags are put up for the event which includes a flower presentation ceremony, honor guard rifle salute and speakers.

Memorial Day is meant to be a day to remember fallen service members.

"The holiday began after the Civil War and at that time was known as Decoration Day," said Marysville Post Commander Daniel Grumbach.

"While it was originally founded to honor the veterans who had died during the Civil War, today it is a day to honor all the Americans who have died in military service," he said.

Community members and speakers gathered at the cemetery to recognize the sacrifice made by many.

"It's a day we want to use to commemorate the memory and sacrifice of the heroes who have died in military service," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

"To honor those who have chosen to make the most significant and costly sacrifice one can make," he said.

American Legion members hope that the ceremony will keep the memories of those who died going.

"May the ceremonies of today deepen our reverence for our departed friends and comrades," said Grumbach.

"Bless us as we gather together to pay our respects for our fallen comrades, wherever the bodies lie," said American Legion chaplain Ken Cage.

Nehring said that well over one million citizens have been killed while serving the U.S. military across the country's history.

"When reflecting on the number of service members who have given their lives in this nation's wars and battles, it becomes overwhelming and sobering," he said.

"Perhaps, today, as we reflect on the massive price that has been paid for our freedom we can appreciate how great a gift it is," he said.

The ceremony is meant to provide a place for local community members that hope to come out to recognize the holiday.

"This is always one of the most amazing events of the year for me and I think for so many of you, and we wouldn't have this event without so many people putting it on," said Nehring.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC color guard members bring the flag down for the Marysville Memorial Day ceremony on May 28.

"It's always so encouraging to see so many folks coming out to commemorate this very special day," he said.

Nehring said that the Marysville community appreciates their veterans.

"It brings a sense of patriotism to our own community that I know we all value so very much," he said.

There are also many who have family members that served and lost their lives in conflicts.

"We also remember the immeasurable sacrifice of the family members left behind who now only have the memories of their loved ones," he said.

The ceremony is organized by the local American Legion Post, the Post's auxiliary unit, as well as the Marysville Cemetery with support from Marysville-Pilchuck High School's Naval Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps program.

"I want to thank all these people for getting these efforts together," said Grumbach.


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