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Dick Sears, left, presents Don Harris with a plaque in honor of nearly six decades as a member of the Bloomfield Cemetery Trustees.
Dick Sears, left, presents Don Harris with a plaque in honor of nearly six decades as a member of the Bloomfield Cemetery Trustees. (Photo by )

By Mount Vernon News
May 29, 2012 11:29 am EDT

 

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Commander John Sachleben told those who gathered at Bloomfield Cemetery Monday afternoon that, as they remember the veterans who gave their lives for our country, that Memorial Day is also about the youth in attendance, who will one day serve our country and/or continue to remember the sacrifices made by generations of service men and women.

Sachleben, who oversees the Naval Jr. ROTC program at Highland High School, shared a story of meeting a World War II veteran who thanked him for his work with the students in the Jr. ROTC program.

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“He thanked me,” Sachleben said. “All I could think was ‘Wow, I’m really fortunate to be here talking with him.’ I was humbled by this gentleman who was thanking me.”

Sachleben encouraged those in attendance to shake the hand of veterans — any day of the year — and thank them for their service to our country.

“All veterans appreciate a handshake,” he said.

Patriotic music was provided by the Highland High School Marching Band, under the direction of Eileen Ruffing.

Color Guard was provided by Highland’s Jr. ROTC.

Dick Sears, master of ceremonies for the afternoon recognized Marengo American Legion Post 710 and area 4-H clubs for placing American flags on the gravesites of veterans.

Sears also presented Don Harris with a special plaque commemorating 57 years as a Bloomfield Township Cemetery Trustee.

Pastor Jeff Deel from Glory Baptist Church performed the invocation and the benediction.

“We are here today to thank those willing to serve faithfully and sacrificially,” Deel said. “Lord, our nation needs restored to its former glory and its formal principles.”

“May we always be one nation, under God, and may we always say ‘In God we trust,’” Deel concluded.

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