Isaac Bedee & Kris Corah present the wreath in honor of those fallen in battle.
Sgt. Tracy Shufstall, Retired 30 years Service in the U.S. Army gives the Memorial Day message.
Isaac Bedee presents the wreath as Emlenton Mayor, Jamie Hunt stands with the American flag and local scout, Kris Corah looks forward.
This past Memorial Day was a testament to our commitment to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. With many services being cancelled throughout the area due to the COVID 19 pandemic. And what was not to be, was to be in Emlenton for an historic Memorial Day tribute which was pleasantly attended despite the circumstances.
As author and pastor Mark Batterson wrote, “ We start dieing when we have nothing to live for and yet we do not start living until we have something worth dieing for.” After all, Freedom isn’t Free, it comes with cost and sacrifice.
The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by Emlenton Mayor, Jamie Hunt along with cub scouts Isaac Bedee and Kris Corah and the singing of the National Anthem by Jenny, Cara and Anna Lowrey.
Brad Rapp welcomed everyone in attendance and stated “Memorial Day is about the selfless sacrifice of American heroes who raised their right hand to say “ It is I who defend America, and if needed lay down my life for my country”. “We are here today because it is not about you, but them”.
Thanks to the Emlenton Fire Department a giant American Flag was raised high in the sky with their ladder truck and set the tone for the day.
Sgt. Tracy Shufstall, retired, with thirty years of service in the United States Army gave a very emotional and inspirational tribute to her fallen soldiers. She reminded us that “We are not republican, we are not democrat, we are Americans. We are not blue states we are not red states, we are the United States of America.
Sgt. Shufstall was presented an American Legion coin by Jerry Fester of the Knox American Legion Riders who also participated in the ceremony.
Local cub scouts, Isaac Bedee and Kris Corah presented a wreath in memory of all who lost their lives in battle defending our freedoms.
The sound of the day and the playing of TAPS was presented by Trevor Hile.
Pastor Chris Lewis of Bethany EC Crossroads church finished the ceremony with a nice benediction and spiritual message.