Through the years, the United States has engaged in many wars and battles to protect the freedom and safety of its citizens and allies. Many men and women lost their lives during these engagements.
Memorial Day is a time when people reflect on the men and women from the various armed services who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending this nation.
A Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Old Post cemetery here on Monday morning to honor those service members who have lost their lives since the Revolutionary War.
Members of The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972, the Widowed Support Center, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, the 62nd Army Band and the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard participated, and an audience gathered to remember the fallen.
Col. Timothy Faulkner, U.S. Army Garrison commander, gave the opening remarks.
â€œLast night I sat around with the family watching the Memorial Day celebration there at our nationâ€™s capitol, said Faulkner. Itâ€™s absolutely moving when you see the sacrifice of all those young men and women, and those that perished in all our wars.â€
In addition to Faulkner, Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, served as the guest speaker with his own reflections on Memorial Day.
â€œAs those years and wars have passed and our current conflicts continue, Memorial Day has grown in importance, not only to veterans and service members, but to families, friends and community members as well,â€ Potter said.
After his speech, the wreath ceremony began. Potter placed one wreath. Next, a representative of the Widowed Support Center placed another. Afterwards, the VFW went through their ceremony of laying single flowers and a small wreath in honor of the fallen, as well as an American flag.
The ceremony helped honor those who have died over the years defending this country, and also served as a reminder.
â€œFreedom is not and never will be free,â€ said Potter. â€œBut it is worth fighting for.â€