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MARQUETTE – The men and women who sacrificed their lives serving their country were honored at several ceremonies in the town of Marquette on Remembrance Day.
The Richard M. Jopling American Legion Post 44 honored these individuals Monday with ceremonies at Holy Cross Cemetery and Park Cemetery.
Tom Ranta of Post 44 served as emcee, noting the lack of services in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We never want to forget, especially the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice”, Said Ranta in the service of the park cemetery.
Post 44 chaplain Leo Smith gave the invocation and blessing, while Post 44’s Jill Weingarten sang the “Starry banner” and “God bless America.”
Ranta said that as he wrote a post for Monday, he thought of many appropriate words when people think of the important day: fearless, grateful, sacrifice, patriotism, freedom, hero and forever remembering.
He said people must realize that no arsenal or weapon in the arsenals of the world is formidable as “the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
“It is a weapon that our adversaries in today’s world do not have”, Ranta said. “It’s a weapon we have as Americans.”
Other people who took part in the ceremony included Steven Krook, who played Taps; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; Vietnam Veterans Chapter 380; Senior Memorial Post for Veterans of Foreign Wars 6; the Marine Corps League; Auxiliary at Post 44 of the American Legion; and Marquette Elks Lodge 405.
The wreath laying involved individuals representing the Grand Army of the Republic, Hispanic American auxiliaries, VFW auxiliaries, Gold Star mothers, American Legion auxiliaries, and disabled American veteran auxiliaries, escorted by the elk ritual team.
The 302 Ian Parkkonen Scout Troop participated in Monday’s ceremony at Park Cemetery.
He expressed the belief that people often do not focus on the real purpose of the vacation.
“They forget all those who served their country and they don’t take a moment to remember them, remember the brave women, who fought for everyone in this country that probably wouldn’t be alive without it. they would not have the same rights or freedoms without them ”, Parkkonen said.
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