HONOR

Cecil Whig - - LO­CAL -

tell you that they, them­selves, are not he­roes. The true he­roes are the ones who did not re­turn home.”

Bens­ley told the crowd, “Your pres­ence here hon­ors them.”

Be­cause of the threat of rain, VFW Post 6027 held their af­ter­noon Me­mo­rial Day ser­vice in­side the build­ing on South Main Street. Its honor guard was able to go out­side to ex­e­cute a gun salute and the bugling of “Taps.”

Hours ear­lier, warm temps and hints of blue skies wel­comed on­look­ers and par­tic­i­pants to Elk­ton’s Me­mo­rial Day Pa­rade, held Mon­day morn­ing. Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded the Elk­ton High School march­ing band, Elk­ton Vet­eran Cen­ter and Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion’s Head of Elk chap­ter, as well as town of­fi­cials, lo­cal Boy Scouts and area busi­nesses.

Also that morn­ing, the Ma­son-Dixon Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 194 in Ris­ing Sun was able to hold its Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony out­doors, with peo­ple pack­ing the pav­il­ion be­hind the build­ing un­der sunny skies.

Ris­ing Sun Mayor Travis Mar­ion, a guest speaker, ex­plained to the crowd that the United States flag is tra­di­tion­ally “raised briskly” to the top of the staff on Me­mo­rial Day morn­ing, be­fore it is “solemnly low­ered” to half-staff, where it re­mains un­til noon.

“The half-staff po­si­tion re­mem­bers the more than 1 mil­lion men and women who gave their lives in ser­vice of their coun­try,” Mar­ion said. “At noon, their mem­ory is raised by the liv­ing, who re­solve not to let their sac­ri­fice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and con­tinue the fight for lib­erty and jus­tice.”

As Bens­ley would em­pha­size later that day dur­ing the VFW Post 6027 cer­e­mony, Mar­ion told the crowd the those fallen ser­vice­men and ser­vice­woman are held in the high­est re­gard and that their supreme sac­ri­fice “grants us the right, the priv­i­lege, the free­dom and the op­por­tu­nity to gather, to pray and to speak on their be­half.”

“What is com­mon through­out all gen­er­a­tions of veter­ans is the ab­so­lute in­sis­tence that the grat­i­tude truly be­longs — not to them — but to their fallen broth­ers and sis­ters who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for this coun­try,” Mar­ion said, adding, “We salute those broth­ers and sis­ters and pray that they have found a peace­ful rest in their heav­enly re­ward with God, our Fa­ther.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY LIND­SIE PALMER

The Franz fam­ily smiles for a photo dur­ing the Elk­ton Me­mo­rial Day Pa­rade.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Vince Mulé, com­man­der of Ma­son-Dixon Amer­i­can Le­gion Post No. 194 in Ris­ing Sun, salutes dur­ing the Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony.

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