Fallen soldiers honored in Richville
Sunday, May 26, was a somewhat cold and windy day, but it didn’t stop the warmth people felt in rural Richville for native sons and daughters who fought for their country during times of war.
Both men and women who served in the Armed Forces were remembered during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Richville Cemetery.
Conducting the ceremony were the Richville Women’s Relief Corps and the Dent American Legion Post 148.
A roll call of veterans, read by Elsie Smith, became not only a time to remember American servicemen and women, but also a time to recall this nation’s sacrifice in wars throughout the history of the United States.
Burials at the Richville Cemetery include 14 veterans of the Civil War (1861-65), two from the Spanish-American War (1898), 19 of World War I (1917-18), 46 of World War II (1941-45), 11 from the Korean War (1950-53) and 18 from the Vietnam War (1961-75). Six soldiers from the Richville area who served during peacetime are buried at the cemetery.
Smith also read the names of 36 other servicemen and women from Richville who are buried at other cemeteries.
Opening prayers and a benediction were given by Chaplain Frank Wines. Everyone in attendance sang The Star Spangled Banner.
Smith and Wines thanked people for coming out to the cemetery on a cold and windy day, to honor not only deceased veterans but also to honor military men and women serving their country today.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.
By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place American flags on military graves in cemeteries.