MOUNT VERNON — Despite serving in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, Chief Master Sgt. Craig Cox had not given much thought about Memorial Day. The head of the Jr. ROTC at the Knox County Career Center understood the basics, but hadn’t really gone into much depth about the day.
During ceremonies Monday, he explained to a large crowd on Public Square in Mount Vernon what he found out when he looked closely at the meaning of the day.
“When I was asked to do this, I had never really thought much about Memorial Day. I had been to a lot of Memorial Day ceremonies, but I never sat down and thought what does it really mean. I understood the basics of it — that we remember those who have fallen. ... Today is for them,” Cox said.
Cox gave a bit of a history lesson to those in attendance, explaining how Memorial Day was started in the 1860s, as well as sharing the fact the U.S. President gives a proclamation each year in honor of the fallen. He also explained a special feature of Memorial Day.
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