BANGOR – A parade may be a fun way to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, but things were a little more serious at Davenport Park.
“We lost a lot of good people,” said World War II Veteran Don Gallupe.
A wreath was placed at the foot of the U.S.S. Maine Monument today as part of a ceremony to honor fallen armed service members.
“We have to make sure to honor those who have fallen to make sure their sacrifices are not in vain,” said Rep. Bruce Poliquin, 2nd C.D.
The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute and performances by the Bangor Band.
For veterans of all wars, it’s impossible to forget the significance of holidays like Memorial Day.
“There are ones all over who have died and won’t be able to come home to their families,” said Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran Don Ross. “For us veterans that did, it means a lot to us to come out and honor their memory,”
“The freedom we enjoy today was bought by the people in our past wars, and even in the wars we’re involved in today,” said Vietnam Veteran Shaun Dowd.
“It means as much as we can to honor those who are unable to return and the horror that they went through,” said Gallupe.
Even high school students understand what today is all about.
“It’s very important to remember that all of our freedom has come from those sacrifices,” said Bangor High School JROTC member Valerie Gillis.