Wreaths placed on vet­er­ans’ graves in Cen­tre­ville

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS [email protected]­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — With one of the largest turn outs to date, the Cen­tre­ville Amer­i­can Le­gion Riders led the an­nual lay­ing of the wreaths cer­e­mony at Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery Satur­day, Dec. 15. De­spite the, at times, heavy rain, more than a hun­dred vol­un­teers ar­rived to help place wreaths at the graves of the more than 500 vet­er­ans laid to rest in Cen­tre­ville.

As Wreaths across Amer­ica cer­e­monies were tak­ing place across the na­tion, Ken “Radar” Huddleston ad­dressed the vol­un­teers and wel­comed the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Boy Scout Troop 464, and eighth grade stu­dents from the Kent School.

“We are all proud to be Amer­i­cans that live in a free so­ci­ety made up of many peo­ple, from many walks of life,” said Huddleston. “The free­doms we en­joy to­day have not come with­out a price. Ly­ing here be­fore us and in ceme­ter­ies through­out this na­tion are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in free­dom and with­out fear.”

Huddleston spoke of the many free­doms that Amer­i­cans are granted daily, such as the right to wor­ship of their choice, travel across the countr y with­out need­ing per­mis­sion, and vot­ing for whomever they chose. “We have the right [thanks to our mil­i­tary] to suc­ceed and we have the right to fail at what­ever en­deavor we wish to pur­sue.”

“Our na­tion was founded on the ideals of free­dom, jus­tice, and equal­ity,” he said. “It stands as a shin­ing bea­con of lib­erty and free­dom to the world. We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not for­get you. We shall re­mem­ber.”

Ad­dress­ing the vet­er­ans in the crowd, Huddleston said, many of you to­day have an­swered that call and served your coun­try well. You have led by ex­am­ple and demon­strated this high­est stan­dard of cit­i­zen­ship.

“We are hon­ored to know you,” said Huddleston.

Wreaths were pre­sented by cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice mem­bers, rec­og­niz­ing each branch of the mil­i­tary. As “Taps” played, CSM John Nizer placed a wreath in re­mem­brance of all ser­vice mem­bers taken pris­oner of war or re­ported miss­ing in ac­tion.

“We will never for­get you,” said Huddleston.

Wreaths in mem­ory of the six branches of the armed ser­vices.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Capt. Hart An­der­son salutes af­ter he places a re­mem­brance wreath in mem­ory of those who served and are serv­ing in the U.S. Navy.

Andy “Wizard” Cow­ley presents a wreath in recog­ni­tion and re­mem­brance of those served and serv­ing in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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