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A day of remembrance, gratitude

Brenda Richardson (center) and her granddaughters Hali Clayton (left) and Destiny Richardson, place their hands over their hearts during the playing of the National Anthem Monday at Richmond Memory Gardens. The girls placed a bouquet of poppies at the base of the veterans memorial. Richardson’s husband is retired, having served in the military  for 23 years. See more photos on page 9. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

Brenda Richardson (center) and her granddaughters Hali Clayton (left) and Destiny Richardson, place their hands over their hearts during the playing of the National Anthem Monday at Richmond Memory Gardens. The girls placed a bouquet of poppies at the base of the veterans memorial. Richardson’s husband is retired, having served in the military for 23 years. See more photos on page 9. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

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.

 

 

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