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Lives remembered during Memorial Day service

(A 21-gun salute is shown Monday at Chenoa Cemetery)

For many Americans, the last Monday in May marks the unofficial start to summer, but it also holds great significance to those in the military to honor the men and women who lost their lives for this country.

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Dale Roach noted during the Chenoa Memorial Day service that the holiday was first observed over 155 years ago and was then known as Decoration Day. The holiday’s name may have changed over the years but the ideals have not.

“Memorial Day is a day for both grief and celebration,” admitted Roach.

Roach suggested sharing stories of fallen soldiers with others, even though they are gone. This will help keep their memories alive.

“Their final resting place should not be the only place we gather.”

The fallen have lived and died with duty, honor and courage, according to Roach.

“Let’s carry their sacrifice with us in our hearts,” he added.

During the opening prayer of the day, Pastor Tim Huber from Christ Community Church in Chenoa honored those who laid down their life in service to the country.

“Thank you for these brave men and women,” said Huber.

He said we enjoy freedom today because of their sacrifice.

“Thank you for all you have done.”

Members of the local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts assisted at Monday’s Memorial Day service.

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