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Memorial Day service at Lakeside Cemetery

“Let us not forget.” Those were the words of SFC Jason Picht when he spoke to the crowd at the Memorial Day program on Monday morning at Lakeside Cemetery. Picht, a Hancock High School graduate, has been deployed to Iraq twice and currently works as the Readiness NCO at the Morris National Guard Armory.

Picht went on to ask what Memorial Day means to us. He stated that it is a day set aside to remember our country’s true heroes. A day to remember the countless heroes that fought for our freedoms somewhere and those who made the ultimate sacrifce to keep our country safe and free.

He added that we must remember that freedom isn’t free. “It comes at a high price. The price is the blood of our fallen, the blood of our heroes.”

He went on to say that whatever you choose to do on Memorial Day is fine, that is what our fallen have fought for. “Let’s appreciate that price,” Picht added. “Fly your flag proudly and know why you are doing so. It’s a day to set aside to honor those who have served in our Armed Forces in war and peace, past and pressent. It’s a day to remember our armed forces and show them our love for them and for our great country that they gave so much to protect.

Pastor Harrison Newhouse also shared his thoughts on Memorial Day. He added that our soldiers love their country deeply because they love their families. “How can we honor them?” he asked. “The best way is to dedicate ourselves to love one another and to love our neighbors. Those who love us, gave their lives so that we can love each other. In honor of those who loved us enough to die for us, the answer is to love one another.”

Singing the National Anthem for the service were Sabrina Mattson and Brady Carter. Taps was played by Justin Miller and Justin Peterson. Adam Blair read the Roll Call of the Dead.