Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County celebrated the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in uniform Monday during a Memorial Day tribute.
The ceremony was held in the Veterans’ Honor Plaza at Mike Miller Park. Brig. Gen. John Anderson, U.S. Army, (Ret.), provided the keynote address.
Anderson drew a contrast between the purposes of the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays.
“While it’s fitting every day to pay tribute to the men and women who wear the uniform of our nation, there are certain days set aside for all of us to do so,” he said. “Veterans Day is one such day, when we are called to honor Americans who have been in our country’s armed services.
“Memorial Day is different. Today, we remember not just those who’ve worn our country’s uniform, but those who have died during their service.”
Robert Chandler of American Legion Post 236 of Calvert City said people may know veterans in their daily lives. Many have internal scars from their service that others may not know about.
“Our nation is free because of veterans,” Chandler said.
Judge-Executive Mike Miller served as master-of-ceremonies. He recognized gold-star mother Sandy Graham, who placed roses at the boots of a fallen warrior monument, a rifle pointed to the ground, with a helmet on the stock. She lost her son Kevin Graham to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009.
“Today is a time of remembrance and reflection on the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice so you and I can live as free people,” Miller said.
Anderson said the commitment has been demonstrated from the birth of the nation by militiamen at Lexington and Concord, in every battle since, through Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Today,” he said, “we honor the memories of those who did not return home, who sacrificed to make America a better place to live and a greater influence on human history.”