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A roll call of honor

Veterans praised at Richmond’s Memorial Day ceremonies

Veterans Jim Rippy, left, and Lance Early prepare to raise the flag and then lower it to half-staff during the ceremony at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Ryan Richardson looks on. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

By Hanna Sumpter and Sara Seidel, Richmond News Staff

On a sunny day made even brighter by the flags and flowers displayed at two cemeteries in Richmond, veteran Mark Foley said Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember comrades and loved ones who lost their lives in defense of the freedoms Americans enjoy today.

Foley spoke to the crowd at each service, one taking place at Woodland Cemetery and the other at Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery. He choked up as he bade farewell to the crowd that gathered at Memory Gardens.

Remember, only two people have died for our freedom, said the commander of American Legion Post 237.

“Jesus, and the American soldier.”

Veterans stood silently as the names of local veterans lost over the past year were read aloud during services at the cemeteries.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Richmond News.

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