Memorial Day pays homage to the fallen

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Several organizations present fresh flower wreaths honor the fallen at the Schofield Barracks post cemetery during the Memorial Day Remembrance held at the Schofield Barracks post cemetery, May 30.

Wreaths honor the fallen at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery during the Memorial Day Remembrance, Monday. (Photo by Anna Drake)

 

Jack Wiers
U.S. Army Hawaii Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Reminders of American’s long history of sacrifice echoed throughout the nation, Monday.

Ceremonies, conducted in military installations such as this, as well as villages and cities, cemeteries and memorial sites of every variety, each provided a reminder of sacrifices made from an honored past.

 

Solemn tribute

Tributes to the fallen were voiced in both formal ceremonies and with private moments.

At the post cemetery, here, visitors began arriving in the day’s early hours to offer respect to individual fallen friends and family members – for veterans, retirees and family members’ whose remains are buried at the century-old site.

The gravesites bore lei and miniature American flags. A steady stream continued throughout the morning to individual gravesites.

Officials prepare for the Memorial Day Remembrance held at Schofield Barracks post cemetery, May 30.

(Photo by Dennis Drake, USAG-Hawaii)

 

Remembrance

Later in the morning, at the formal Memorial Day commemoration, Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, U.S. Army Hawaii and 25th Infantry Division, in formal remarks, underscored the need to salute and honor all members of the armed forces throughout the country’s history.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander, U.S. Army Hawaii, speaks during the Memorial Day Remembrance held at the Schofield Barracks post cemetery, May 30.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander, U.S. Army Hawaii, speaks during the Memorial Day Remembrance held at the Schofield Barracks post cemetery, May 30. (Photo by Dennis Drake, USAG-Hawaii)

“Our memorials, our cemeteries, our monuments and our museums serve as proof to our children and future generations that men and women of great character, from all walks of life, left their homes and were willing to give their lives to secure the rights and freedoms of others,” said Flynn, adding “… so, today let us pay tribute and honor those who gave the full and final measure.”

The remembrance ceremony was conducted under a threatening spring sky. Army veterans from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Disabled Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars all laid wreaths around the base of the cemetery flagpole.

A national salute followed, and was offered by Command Sgt. Maj. Scott A. Brzak, 25th Infantry Division senior enlisted leader.

A rifle detail of seven delivered a three-volley salute, followed by the raising of the flag from half-mast to the top of the flagpole, and concluded the solemn 25-minute commemoration with a single bugler playing taps.

Earlier in the ceremony, Flynn offered a quote from President Abraham Lincoln that gave summation for the need for an annual Memorial Day, and for this type of commemoration: “Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”

 

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