During his address during the Village of Sunbury’s Memorial Day Observance at JR Smith Park, keynote speaker Command Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Michael Mazzi said Memorial Day is a time to honor our absent service members and the sacrifices they have made.
“Equal tribute must be paid to all who serve in today’s armed forces,” Mazzi said. “A person cannot help but feel awed in the presence of their sacrifice.”
Mazzi noted that since the Declaration of Independence, patriots have secured America’s freedom.
“America has to have warriors willing to stand in harm’s way,” Mazzi said. “Evil will always be with us; our nation’s virtue will always be put to the test. George Washington said: To be prepared for war is the one way to insure peace.”
Mazzi said it’s important to teach today’s youth who they should honor, and why.
“To be skilled in war is a necessity, but to serve your country is an honor,” Mazzi said. “Today we share a common sorrow, but we are united.”
This year’s Village of Sunbury Memorial Day Observance, hosted by members of Sunbury VFW Post 8736, included an invocation by Reverend Joe Stoll of Genoa Baptist Church; 2016 Big Walnut High School graduate Madelyn Wecker was the youth speaker; Mary Bloch sang The National Anthem and Taps; and members of the Big Walnut High School Marching Band provided additional music.
The Sunbury observance also included a traditional roll call of veterans, who stood to be recognized as the wars, conflicts, and police actions they served in were named.
Following the ceremony at JR Smith Park, there was a casual parade to Veterans Memorial at the northwest corner of Sunbury Village Square for a wreath laying ceremony and a rifle salute. The procession then moved on to Sunbury Memorial Park for final remarks, a rifle salute, and taps.
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