Several Vandalia area residents attended Memorial Day Services held on Monday, May 27.
The day began with graveside services at Curryville Cemetery, Farber Cemetery, Memorial Garden, and the Vandalia Cemetery.
Many then gathered at V.F.W Post No. 2173 in Vandalia for the annual program.
The Rev. Bob Hoehn opened by reading a poem “Just A Common Soldier: A Soldier Died Today” before giving the Invocation.
After the Presentation of Colors, Kevin Morris sang the National Anthem.
Those in attendance were led in the Pledge of Allegiance before Brian Hummel sang “Proud To Be An American.”
This year’s guest speaker was Randy McDonald.
“Those we honor today gave their tomorrows so we can live today in a free society,” he said in his speech where he noted the sacrifice made by those willing to serve.
He also gave a time for those attending the service to reflect on those they know who have lost their lives serving our country.
He then read a poem called “No, Freedom Isn’t Free.”
The St. Cecelia Music Club sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
The Memorial Day service concluded with a rifle salute and both Josh Nutt and Cody Buie performing “Taps and Echo.”