Gone, but never forgotten. American Legion Post 105 hosted their annual Memorial Day commemoration Monday. Rain may have forced ceremonies indoors to the Log Cabin, but it could not dampen the spirit of mourning and gratitude for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
Fayetteville Mayor Ed Johnson, who is a U.S. Navy veteran along with his wife, expressed their thanks for all that served.
“We truly believe it is important for us to honor those who served, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said. “What greater deed is there than to die with conviction and courage and in protection of one’s country.”
Even when they are long gone from this earth, their sacrifice must still be honored.
“The men and women who have given their lives in service to this nation are indisputably heroes. When their country called, they answered,” he said. “Those who sacrificed must never be forgotten. We owe a debt of gratitude and respect to those who served and who died honorably.”
State Rep. Josh Bonner asked the crowd to keep veterans who died not in combat, but back stateside in their hearts.
“I want to honor the warriors that have fallen on the field of hopelessness and despair,” he said, noting that stats show an average of 22 veterans per day commit suicide.
He shared the story of Sgt. Daniel Summers, an Iraq veteran, who wrote he was “too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war.”
Bonner urged everyone stand with veterans in their time of need.
“His death is worthy of remembrance, and for us it should be a call to action.”