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MOUNT VERNON — As church bells tolled in the distance, citizens from throughout the community, military veterans, JROTC cadets, family members and those in the military observed a moment of silence at Mound View Cemetery during Saturday’s Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony.

They were remembering the fallen, the prisoners of war and the missing in action, as well as honoring those who served and who are serving in the nation’s armed forces.

Following an invocation by Rev. Rip Wright, Chief Craig Cox, Air Force Junior ROTC instructor, reminded those gathered that freedom does not come without a price. He said it is due to the sacrifices of the men and women who are lying in Mound View Cemetery — and other cemeteries across the nation and overseas — who gave their lives so we can live in freedom and without fear.

“We shall remember,” Cox continued. “We also honor the many men and women serving today in all branches of the military. We honor them and their families for the sacrifices they make each day to keep our country safe from terrorism, hatred and injustice. … Today we show a united front of gratitude and respect across the United States of America as we remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.”

The wreath laying began with the placement of remembrance wreaths in memory of those who served and are serving in each branch of the military.

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  • Ezekiel Legros, Boy Scouts Pack 350, places a wreath on a veteran’s grave in the Owl Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Ankenytown early Saturday morning. According to Berlin Township trustee Gary Alverson, 84 wreaths were anonymously donated to be placed on the graves of the small cemetery.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC cadet, Gavin Rhinebolt walks to place a ceremonial wreath at the Moundview Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Saturday. Over 400 wreaths were placed by cadets and civilian volunteers across the cemetery. To see a video and view photos, check out mountvernonnews.com.
  • Photo courtesy of Martha Stuller Alpha Kappa Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi placed two memorial wreathes at the Walk of Honor on Public Square Saturday as part of the Wreaths Across America initiative. Pictured are, from left, Janet Clippinger, Beverly Riggs and Carolyn Blizzard. Riggs spoke to those who gathered about the inception of the program, how it has spread and then thanked veterans and current servicemen and -women.

 

Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or pschehl@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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