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May 31, 2012

Military, service remembered during ceremony Monday

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Story by Sgt. Kelvin Ringold
11th Signal Brigade Public Affairs Office

Soldiers from the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club stand vigilant behind the wreaths during the Memorial Day ceremony at Old Post Cemetery on Monday. The annual ceremony lets the world know that the sacrifices of deceased military and the men and women who served will not be forgotten.

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.

The grave of 2nd Lt. James Leland Weeks who died on July 20, 1968 is decorated with a flag, wreath and flowers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony.

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.

“Last night I sat around with the family watching the Memorial Day celebration there at our nation’s capitol, said Faulkner. It’s absolutely moving when you see the sacrifice of all those young men and women, and those that perished in all our wars.”

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.

“As 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,” 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.

“Freedom is not and never will be free,” said Potter. “But it is worth fighting for.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, USAICoE and Fort Huachuca (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Holiday, USAICoE command sergeant major, render salutes after placing their wreath. The wreath-laying ceremony is customary during the Memorial Day ceremony to honor deceased veterans and keep their memories alive.

Members of The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972 render their salute during the Memorial Day ceremony. VFW members take part in the Memorial Day events around the country.

Tia Chapman, a member of Fort Huachuca’s Widowed Support Group, and Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Robinson, a member of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club take part in Monday’s ceremony. Robinson escorted Chapman so she could place a wreath from the WSG in honor of fallen service members.

Soldiers fire a customary 21-gun salute during the Memorial Day ceremony.

1st Sgt. Margarita Chavez, 11th Signal Brigade, adjusts a cross on a grave in the Old Post Cemetery. Chavez and others walked around the cemetery before the Memorial Day ceremony to adjust crosses and flags at the grave sites where needed. Each grave is decorated on Memorial Day to ensure the veterans are not forgotten.




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