Post 71 remembers fallen warriors during North Augusta gathering

Post 71 remembers fallen warriors during North Augusta gathering

Memorial Day, established in 1868 honors more than 40 million people who have served in the USA military yearly since colonial days.

Lt. Col. Joshua B. Comstock, whose record includes two Bronze Stars via his service in such theaters as Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, was the featured speaker at American Legion Post 71's Memorial Day gathering, held Monday in Wade Hampton Veterans Park.

"We're here to support the Memorial Day and our veterans, as well as those who have died for our cause", said troop leader Simon Drew.

"It's just awesome to see everyone in uniform and have the chance to pay tribute because I don't think we do that enough", said Mariah Payne visiting from Gilbert, Arizona.

It takes almost 1,000 soldiers to complete the ritual, and they also perform the same task at U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

She lost her dad, who was in the U.S. Navy when she was young, something that she said took on "a whole new meaning now that we're older". "I thank God that these times are changing for our youth of today".

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The Marshall of the Day was U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Don Kraen.

"In a lot of cases, I don't think a lot of Americans. really appreciate what the veterans do, what the veterans have done to protect our freedom", Jackson said.

President Trump tweeted again, remembering the men and women who made "the ultimate sacrifice".

Veterans and active military can get in free.

Monday's solemn ceremonies including readings of the "Gettysburg Address" and "Flanders Field"; salutes to fallen soldiers and sailors as well as patriotic music and the playing of "Taps" and a rifle salute.

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