Monday, November 12, 2012

Mayor Getty and Lyons Officials Commemorate Veterans at Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Mayor Getty and Lyons Officials Commemorate
Veterans at Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Lyons, Il -- Mayor Getty and members of the Lyons Board honored veterans during annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Sunday in front of the Eternal Flame, the Village memorial site.

With more than 60 people in attendance, including representatives from the American Legion Rifle Squad, elected officials Clerk Dawn Campos and Trustee Paul Marchiori, and American Legion Post Commander Benjamin Fuerst, the ceremony paid tribute to members of the Armed Forces both past and present.

Post Commander Fuerst, who also served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, opened by leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

In addressing the audience, Lyons Mayor Getty reminded everyone why Veterans Day is important.

"We honor our veterans and recognize a soldier’s sacrifice for we are grateful to anyone who has ever put on a uniform to defend our Nation and its freedoms," said Mayor Getty.

After a performance of “God Bless America” by David Molinari, Lyons Resident Sargent Jason R. Thomas from the United States Marine Corps placed the commemoration wreath for display in front of the Eternal Flame. 

The ceremony closed with the American Legion Rifle Club firing four shots as a salute to all veterans, a bugle performance of “Taps” by Lyons Police Officer Roger Wiggins, and Molinari playing the World War II song “Til Then.”

In his closing remarks, Post Commander Fuerst asked everyone to keep all service members in harm’s way in their prayers.

The Veteran’s Day Ceremony has been a valued tradition of the Village for many years.

Lyons American Legion Post and some of its members

Lyons Mayor Chris Getty with U.S. Marine Sgt. Jason R. Thomas


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