The Scotland-Windthorst Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted back-to-back ceremonies this morning at St. Boniface Catholic Church Cemetary in Scotland, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst. People at both ceremonies paused to remember those who served our nation, but did not come home.
In Archer County, American Legions Riders lined the crowd holding American flags, and Hirschi High School JROTC cadets spent their first Monday of summer honoring the lives lost.
“As someone whose prospectively looking into going into the military, it’s very important to witness ceremonies like this and become more exposed to honoring our service people and understanding the sacrifices and commitments they made to our country,“ Husky Battalion Commander, Sonya Ganeshram said.
Sheppard Air Force Base 82nd training group commander, Colonel Michael Donahue said, “It’s very humbling when you see what people have sacrificed in order for us to enjoy the freedoms that we have today.“
Donahue served as the guest speaker at the event where the theme was the history of Memorial Day.
“There’s a lot of people who like to lay claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day but instead we can really just say that it was sort of this collaboration between humanity and our need to grieve,“ Ganeshram said.
Wreaths and crosses were placed at memorial sites and a 21-gun salute at the church and cemetery as a symbol of remembrance.
“There’s so much of an obligation to ensure that we honor the ones that came before us, especially with the ultimate sacrifice, and continue to honor through our service now.“
The Scotland-Windthorst VFW emphasizes the importance of coming together as a nation, and give thanks to those who put their lives on the line for our country.
These ceremonies specifically honored the lives of six Archer County veterans, four of which served in World War II, one in Korea and one in Iraq.