McDONALD – As the names of deceased McDonald’s veterans were read, members of the fire department placed flags in their honor around the war memorial on Sunday in Woodland Park.
More than 50 people attended the Memorial Day service, which was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many communities are now hosting Memorial Day events, although many have been cut back to ensure public safety.
Major Scott Allen, 910th Airlift Wing public affairs officer, was the keynote speaker and also played taps for the village service, which was coordinated by the firefighters.
“I am truly grateful to be able to share this memory with you today. It is most fitting for all Americans to pause, honor and reflect on the history and heritage of this day. For many, Memorial Day is a time for backyard barbecues and extended weekends to spend with family and friends and the unofficial start of summer. However, Memorial Day means much more than that. This is the time to remember not only those who answered the call to arms, but who were prepared to risk anything to defend America and its interests ”. Allen said.
He said Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration day” and began as a day in memory of those who died in the service of our nation.
Memorial Day was first proclaimed in May 1868 by General John Logan to honor fallen men and women.
Allen said every veteran’s headstone has a story to tell.
“Our commitment to the dead must be to live our own lives as fully as possible and to always be willing and able to give back to our communities, our nation and our world,” Allen said.
He said the movie “Save Private Ryan” left a lasting impression on this generation regarding the debt owed to past generations of the national army.
“There are many who have died for you. Now live a life worthy of such a sacrifice. We in the Mahoning Valley do not forget the sacrifices of those who came before us. Freedom is certainly not free; it was bought at a high price. You can ask any family member of anyone who has served or served in the military, the sacrifice and selfless service of the serviceman and his family to make our country what it is, the greatest. country of the world. Allen said.
Allen told people to never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and coast guards so that everyone could live freely.
“Let us give thanks to the veterans of our armed forces for the sacrifices they made in fighting for our country. May our homage to those who came before us be to live a life worthy of their sacrifice. Whether today or in the years to come, let us not forget with regret or shame for these missed opportunities, to be grateful for what we have, to be honored for our successes and failures and to stand up for this cause. why we believe we are right. and true, “ Allen said.
Allen had all retirees and former members of the country’s armed forces to be recognized and also recognized members of the Gold Star family of servicemen who died during the conflict.