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First Annual Veterans Memorial Service Celebrated in Madisonville

vet mem 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/27/13) – Today, May 27, 2013, the first annual Memorial Day Service was held at the Veterans Memorial Park to honor our fallen heroes and to remember those who are still fighting for our country.
 
The service started with The American Legion Honor Guard Presentation of Colors.
 
Madisonville’s Mayor David Jackson expressed, “Each Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in order to protect all we hold precious. Throughout the history of the United States, brave men and women have fought to maintain our God given liberty and freedom. Far too many have died in the service to our cause and not only to protect our nation but to help free people from all around the world who also sought liberty and freedom. There are never enough words to express the gratitude we all owe these men and women and their families who all have sacrificed their lives as well.”
 
There are currently over 330,000 veterans in the state of Kentucky still living.
 
Ben Waide, State Representative, expressed, “It’s an honor for me to stand here today and participate in this service to remember those who have secured for us the freedom we now enjoy. My understanding, of the sacrifice the veterans made, that’s why every Memorial Day, I remember those who served. We are not just here to remember those who’ve gone on but we’re here to consider and remember those who serve and are still with us.”
 
Memorial Day is not just a federal holiday we take off from work, but a day we stop what we are doing and realize we wouldn’t have the luxuries in life if it weren’t for the men and women who gave their own lives so we could.

Donnie Carroll, Judge Executive, read a poem that was written by a fallen hero (John Gillespie Magee) back in September 1941, months before his death called ‘High Flight’;
 
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds -
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
"Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God."
 
A special wreath was placed at the Veterans Memorial and the veterans from the Madisonville Fire Department were also recognized for serving our country.
 
Mayor Jackson ended the service with, “Though we can never bring back the lives we lost, we can be sure to thank the members of the military at every opportunity. As a nation, we are truly blessed to have fine men and women among us. These soldiers served our nation honorably, some giving a last fall measure of devotion, for the cause of freedom. But, every one of them gave something, and today we honor their bravery, cherish the memories of the fallen and recommit ourselves to be the best citizens we can be and in so doing, honor their sacrifices.”
 
The American Legion Honor Guard performed Taps, followed by a moment of silence. God Bless America was sung and Chief Williams ended with a prayer for those who are still currently fighting for our country.
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by Amber Mena

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