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‘That These Dead Shall Not Have Died in Vain’

Local communities showed enthusiasm this weekend for the spirit of Memorial Day, coming out in great numbers for three big parades and ceremonies that delivereone message, as Abraham Lincoln while dedicating the Soldiers’ National Cemetery put it: “…from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

Veterans and active service men and women and their families, civic organizations and community leaders and residents gathered to show respect for those who made “the ultimate sacrifice.” Ceremonies honored their memory and celebrated the love of a country that their devotion made possible.