The V.F.W. Post No. 2173 held multiple services on this year’s Memorial Day to honor those who gave all in battle.
After services at cemeteries in Farber and Vandalia, a 10 a.m. service was held at the V.F.W. Post.
This year’s guest speaker was the Rev. Mike Barter of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
He read a press release from 2002 when a National Moment of Rememberance was established.
“This Memorial observance represents a symbol and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms,” he read from the press release.
He reminded those in attendance of our Bill of Rights and read a list.
Rev. Barter said Americans need to take a stand for the rights they have as men and women have fought to protect them.
He noted the scripture on the monuments in Washington D.C.
Rev. Barter left those in attendance with two challenges:
1) To Christians to continue to speak about Jesus Christ and His good news. “Will we continue to speak about this good news or will we be silenced?,” he added.
2) He asked if Americans will do the same as the $1.3 million men and women who lost their lives for our freedoms. Will Americans fight for the same freedoms that men and women lost their lives for?
Larry Shaw opened the event by welcoming those in attendance before the Rev. Bob Hoehn gives the invocation.
Vandalia’s Kevin Morris sang the “National Anthem.”
The “Pledge of Allegiance” was led by Shaw.
The St. Cecilia Music Club followed by singing “God Bless America.”
Shaw then introduced the Rev. Barter as speaker.
The St. Cecilia Music Club followed by singing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
A graveside service was held as presented by the V.F.W. Post No. 2173 and Ladies Auxiliary.
A Rifle Salute proceeded Van-Far’s Alex Cucciarre playing “Taps and Echo” which came at the end of the ceremony.