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|Galesburg Celebrates Memorial Day -- DOWNLOAD POST-PARADE CEREMONY HERE
|POSTED 2:24pm 5/25/09 The crowds may have been a little on the sparse side thanks to Mother Nature not wanting to take the Memorial Day off, but Galesburg still honored veterans nonetheless.
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The Galesburg High School Marching Streaks were a part of Monday's Memorial Day parade through downtown Galesburg. Intermittent rain didn't keep plenty of hearty souls from lining parts of East Main and North Cherry Streets to honor our men and women in uniform.
Monmouth Attorney David Reid Clark did as well. Clark, a Marine Corporal, was the featured speaker at a ceremony following the parade near the war memorial on the Knox County Courthouse lawn.
Clark says the sacrifices made by our fallen soldiers so that America can continue to be free can't be forgotten. "We leave here today a free people -- Americans," Clark said. "The inheritance of this sacrifice made by those that we loved, and those that loved us. We will remember them always."
Clark says those fallen soldiers will live on forever in our hearts and memories because, "we are a part of them, and they are a part of us."
Some 230-plus names of local veterans who've died in the past year were read as well.
To download the Memorial Day Post-Parade Ceremony at the Knox County Courthouse, CLICK HERE. (mp3 format, approximately 33 minutes. NOTE: This starts following an opening invocation. Some portions of this ceremony may be hard to hear due to weather conditions.)
PHOTOS FROM MONDAY'S MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND A SERVICE FOLLOWING THE PARADE IN GALESBURG:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|05 25 09 by Newsroom
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