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Photo by David Colburn
The color guard posts the colors at the beginning of the service.
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Photo by David Colburn
The Glen Carbon Veterans Monument Memorial Day Service, in its 10th year at Honor Roll Park and 22nd year overall, followed a pre-Memorial Day event at Oak Lawn Cemetery on May 28 with state Sen. Bill Haine serving as a guest speaker. Among the attendees at the service were VFW Post 2222 Chaplain and Army Maj. David Noble and Mayor Rob Jackstadt of Glen Carbon, as well as Boy Scouts Troop 1034 and members of VFW Post 2222 and American Legion Post 435.
GLEN CARBON — The wind blowing through the trees this Memorial Day seemed to carry the voices of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“It’s a lovely day for a solemn occasion,” said VFW Post 2222 Commander Ronnie Hicks as he welcomed a crowd to the Glen Carbon Veterans Monument Memorial Day Service at Honor Roll Park on May 30. “People often associate Memorial Day with Veterans Day, but the two are not the same ... Memorial Day is a solemn day to honor deceased veterans who sacrificed their life so we can live with our comforts, free from fear and with priceless liberty.”
The ceremony, in its 10th year at Honor Roll Park and 22nd year overall, followed a pre-Memorial Day event on May 28 at Oak Lawn Cemetery with state Sen. Bill Haine serving as a guest speaker.
Among the attendees at the service were VFW Post 2222 Chaplain and Army Maj. David Noble and Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt, as well as Boy Scouts Troop 1034 and members of VFW Post 2222 and American Legion Post 435. Scouts passed out miniature American flags to the crowd as the color guard prepared to post the colors at the ceremony’s start.
“It’s an honor and privilege to speak at this annual event and to help honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service,” Jackstadt said.
Following the mayor’s speech, Scouts hoisted the commemorative wreath and participants observed a moment of silence in tribute to departed comrades David and Arnold Trebings.
Noble elaborated on the mayor’s sentiment in his own speech.
“When most people think of Memorial Day, hot dogs, hamburgers, being with friends and having time off are what come to mind,” Noble said. “I think of the 20-plus friends lost in Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and people willingly going into harm’s way to protect our nation ... the U.S. flag is a symbol of the sacrifice, with red representing the blood shed, white representing purity, and blue representing the duty and loyalty of those that have served.”
Noble continued by honoring grandparents and uncles who fulfilled their call into service and a prompt to tell future generations of Memorial Day’s significance as time moves on.
“Use your vote to stand up and be counted and to celebrate our freedom,” he said.
Following Noble’s speech, members conducted a 21-gun salute and Wes Grotefendt performed a rendition of “Taps.”
As the color guard prepared to retrieve the colors from the veterans monument, the ceremony concluded with an inspirational and pertinent quote from an unknown source — “Poor is the nation that has no heroes ... shameful is the ones that, having them, forgets.”