Memorial Day Observance at Fairmount Cemetery (Corrected Article)

Photo Courtesy of Mike Bowen

The American Legion Post #71 and Holly V.F.W. Post #4281 Honor Guard officiated at Memorial Day observances this past Monday in Hartman, Coolidge and Holly as well as the veterans’ section of Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar.

Ashlyn Crossland, Courtesy of Mike Bowen

Despite the windy conditions of the afternoon, several dozen attendees paid their respects with speakers including Lamar Mayor, Kirk Crespin, retired army veteran and City Administrator, Rob Evans and Deacon Allan Medina.   The combined honor guard offered the traditional, 21-gun salute as the playing of, TAPS” was performed by former Holly resident, Ashlyn Crossland.

Veteran’s Section at Fairmount Cemetery

Veteran, Louie Torrez noted, Vietnam-era veterans would be provided with ceremonial pins and a certificate of appreciation for their service.

Memorial Day differs from Veteran’s Day in that Memorial Day specifically honors those who have died in U.S. military service, originally created to honor soldiers who fought in the Civil War, but like Veteran’s Day, it now includes those who have died in all wars engaged in by the U.S.  Veteran’s Day honors all those who have served in the U.S. military.

By Russ Baldwin

(Editor’s Note:  The Legion’s and Holly VFW Posts were incorrectly identified in the original article and the correction has been made in the current text.)

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