BELFAST – Memorial Day weekend is coming and for many the observances have already begun.
Many military service members families and others joined the Patriot Riders of America to start the observance of Memorial Day early Friday morning.
Commander of Belfast VFW Post, Anthony Kimble, said
“A soldier dies twice once on the battle field and the second time when their name is last spoken, so when we place a flag, we thank them for their service and we say their name so we continue to remember them and not forget”.
Hundreds of American flags were placed around the Grove Cemetery in Belfast, for the fallen veterans, first responders and anyone who has served our country.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Operational manager Jim Roberts said, you couldn’t ask for a better day or weekend to hold ceremonies of remembrance.
“Last year it was raining and snowing and we do this no matter what it doesn’t matter, it could be a hurricane or a tornado, we would still be out here putting the flags out”
Captain Bill Bruns of the Maine National Guard said the proudest moment of his life, was when he received a special gift from his family while being deployed in Washington DC area.
“I got a picture of them doing it without me and that meant a lot to me, they actually care a great deal about our country and it really makes your heart grow when you see stuff like that in today’s generation”
Due to the pandemic, the Ames Elementary School was not able to participate this year but some students who helped out last year got a chance to return.
Members of the group said, they were just happy to hold this event at the VFW.
“This is the first even they’ve had in months and it’s great to see everybody,” said Bill Bruns.
Memorial Day is sometimes taken as just a day off but it’s important to remember the ultimate sacrifice men and woman for generations have made for the freedom of our country.