Today, we once again celebrated Memorial Day at the Downey Cemetery. Every year since I've started attending this ceremony, the quote on the Memorial Wall has touched me. This year, the quote was reflected in all who attended.
The turnout this year was large, but changing. The first couple of years I attended, there were WWI veterans in the crowd. This year, these men are gone, and there was but a single WWII veteran. Time passes, and the burden of serving moves on to the younger generations.
And the youngest generation was represented by Ward, Price, and Stauffer ASPIRE students, who sang "I'm Proud to Be an American." The quote was reflected in the words they sang—"And I won't forget the men who died, Who gave that right to me."
So for all of us this Memorial Day, remember—"In gratitude to those who served...in sorrow for those who lost their lives."