UTICA — A special time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country was observed Monday morning when the Lawrence Lightner Post 92 of the American Legion conducted its annual Memorial Day ceremony in Utica. Members of Post 92, Boy Scout Troop 28, the Utica High School marching band and numerous local residents came out to honor those who gave of themselves at this annual recognition ceremony.
After the ceremony was opened by Post Commander Jim Hawke, the high school marching band played the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. An invocation was given by Nordie Mick. Hawke welcomed those attending the ceremony, braving the few drops of rain that were falling.
A reading, “Common Soldiers,” was shared by Elizabeth Gayheart. “Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land by a person who breaks promises and cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow in times of war and strife, goes off to serve his country and offer up his life,” she asked. “He was just a common soldier, and his ranks are very thin. But his presence should remind us that we might need his life again.”
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