DANVILLE — On Monday morning, the community of Danville gathered together at Memorial Park to remember those who had served and lost their lives to protect the freedom of our country.
The morning started with a parade down Main Street. It included the American Legion, the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District, the Danville High School Band, and sports teams from the community. At the conclusion of the parade, the community gathered for a brief ceremony.
“We have the rights and freedoms this great nation offers us because of these men on this wall and many others who have given up their own lives so you could have those rights,” John Schultz Jr., Commander of the Joseph Colopy Jr. American Legion Post 650, spoke addressing the crowd.
“We all have a civic responsibility to our nation and to those who we have lost to protect its freedoms and privileges granted to us.” Schultz spoke when commenting on the respect that is need at these memorial events.
“Remember that our rights, liberties, and freedoms are not free. They were ultimately paid for in the blood by supreme sacrifice of a few men and women who were brave enough to stand in the face of tyranny and evil,” Schultz said as his ending remarks. “Remember this and remember our heroes as we celebrate this Memorial Day.”
Lisa Blaisdell, of the Women’s Legion Auxiliary, honored Dorothy Thompson one of the original members of the Danville chapter of the Women’s Legion Auxiliary, thanking her for “your commitment to the unit and commitment to the community”, along with honoring Gold Star Mother Judy Gore with flowers.
John Schultz honored a member of the American Legion, Commander Buck Laughrey who served for over two years in the Korean Conflict before returning and spending many years after, alongside his wife, Norma, educating the community about patriotism and Americanism.
Dave Jones, pastor of the Millwood Church of Christ, gave the invocation and benediction.
The service concluded with a 21-gun salute, performed by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council honor guard and the playing of taps from a DHS Marching Band member.