SPARTA — Each Memorial Day weekend brings massive gatherings, but the day’s solemn sprit is captured best by thousands of small ceremonies held for a relative few. There were no packed grandstands or television cameras at Bloomfield Cemetery, Monday afternoon. Remarks delivered and music performed didn’t precede a famed sports event. Dozens rather than thousands attended. In fact, the only thing present in abundance was gratitude, but on Memorial Day that’s all that’s really needed.
Symbolizing the day were a flag at half-mast, Highland High School’s ROTC color guard and 331 American flags fluttering over the graves of the known veterans buried at the southeast corner of Morrow County.
The rolling terrain of Bloomfield Cemetery is carefully manicured, with freshly surfaced roadways. Since its first burials 193 years ago, it has become the final resting place of soldiers, sailors and fliers of military conflicts from the American Revolution forward. All were remembered Monday, with special attention reserved for those who died at war.
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