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|Friends and Family Gather in Warren County to Honor Military on Memorial Day
|Warren County area residents gathered together to give thanks to those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. The Silent Home Cemetery Association held Memorial Day Services for fallen soldiers Sunday at the Silent Hill Cemetery south of Cameron.
The ceremonies included a salute to the dead by the honor guard and the service began with American Legion Post 136 from Monmouth presenting the colors of our nation and firing a 21-gun salute to those who lost their lives while defending our freedoms.
Warren County Coroner and member of the Silent Hill Cemetery Board Bill Underwood says hosting this event is a very easy, almost too easy in his words, repayment to those who have served. He says we should remember all those who have served and those who now represent the military.
"And especially take a few minutes to remember those who have given their lives for our country that are buried here and other places. Also, please remember our other family and our troops that are in foreign countries now preserving our freedom."
Breanna Christian read "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility to Preserve It". Christian was a senior graduating from United High School who said she was a little nervous getting in front of people but says it was just a warm up for her, since she was speaking in front of her senior class later in the day.
Underwood says he's been hosting Memorial Day services for several years and says it's something he's fortunate enough to get to do.
(The Monmouth American Legion Post 136 finishes it's 21-gun salute at Silent Hill Cemetery during Memorial Day Services)
(A member of the Monmouth American Legion plays Taps to honor fallen military members)
(The Monmouth American Legion Post 136 members present the colors of the nation at Silent Hill on Sunday)
(A flag rests near the side of a grave of a fallen military member at Silent Hill Cemetery after Memorial Day Services)
(WGIL News Photos and story by Dominic Fortini)
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