ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Walter S. Kildow Detachment of the Marine Corps League hosted a ceremony Monday at Greenwood Cemetery to honor American soldiers who have fallen during the past year.
Retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant Dick Bowers has been involved with the Memorial Day Ceremony for about 50 years and explained why he is involved.
“Well, it’s to bring people to the realization of those who paid the sacrifice for our freedom. And it’s good for the young people to see this because we feel that they very much need this. So they understand what it’s all about,” Bowers said.
Active Duty U.S. Marine Corps Recruiter Ryan Berger was asked by Bowers to give the keynote address and detailed why he thought it was important.
“Today is about honoring those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country but also celebrating their lives because this is a way to connect with them. To connect with young people and really just bring everyone together for a common purpose and celebrate what they gave in defense of our country,” Berger said.
Music for the ceremony was performed by the Zanesville High School Band and United States Congressman Troy Balderson was on hand as well, to pay his respect to those who have served their country.