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By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
Members of Griffith-Skiles American Legion and VFW Post #4398 paid gratitude Monday to the fallen soldiers whose sacrifices have allowed Americans to enjoy their democratic freedoms.
The crowd was scattered around Richmond Memory Gardens, much like the Memorial Days flowers laid in the cemetery for lost loved ones.
Legion commander Mark Foley told the crowd that 619,300 U.S. military men and women died “in the name of fighting for freedom” since World War I, this year marking its 100th anniversary.
“We thank them, honor them how they have given their life,” he said.
Jim Rippy of VFW Post #4398 said Memorial Day was a day of giving thanks, much like Thanksgiving.