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Despite rain, Memorial Day service honors the fallen

Memorial Day morning featured plenty of rain, so American Legion Post 236, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 741, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 236 and Sons of the American Legion moved their traditional Memorial Day service inside.

Though the crowd was noticeably sparse—probably in part due to the weather—the ceremony was filled with solemnity and small injections of humor as keynote speaker Col. Jack Jackson related stories from his distant and more recent past, focusing on the message that the military’s sacrifices are worthwhile because they allow Americans to be free.

The auxiliary group made it a special point to make sure everyong had a crepe paper poppy, and the event also featured the laying of wreaths on easels representing the branches of military service.

The ceremony concluded with taps and volley of three shots from outside the door.

Col. Jack Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam and Desert Sheild veteran, gave his keynote speech on whether the military’s sacrifices were “worth it,” interspersing his heartfelt message with doses of humor.

Col. Jack Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam and Desert Sheild veteran, gave his keynote speech on whether the military’s sacrifices were “worth it,” interspersing his heartfelt message with doses of humor.

By Eric Copeland • eric@leaderpress.com

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