Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mayor Getty and American Legion honor Fallen Soldiers during Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Mayor Getty and American Legion honor Fallen Soldiers during Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty and officials of the Village of Lyons joined the American Legion Post 699 to honor fallen members of the Armed Forces Monday, May 26th at the Village’s annual Memorial Day commemoration.

The annual ceremony, hosted by the Lyons American Legion, took place in front of the Eternal Flame Memorial Site in Lyons.

With more than 80 people in attendance, including the American Legion Rifle Squad, elected officials Clerk Dawn Campos, Trustee Dan Hilker, and Trustee Paul Marchiori, and American Legion Post Commander Benjamin Fuerst, the ceremony paid tribute to fallen members of the Armed Forces both past and present.

Members of the Lyons American Legion Post 699

“Memorial Day is more than just a picnic, a holiday or a time when families get together. It is a reminder that we can get together to celebrate our freedoms and enjoy our lives because other men and women in military service sacrificed their lives to protect our rights as Americans,” said Mayor Getty.

“Memorial Day is to remember those individuals who served in the armed forces and who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life while serving. These individuals gave their lives defending our country, defending our liberties, and defending our freedoms! Today we pause to remember those loved ones & heroes who never returned home. They sacrificed everything for us, for all Americans, and for our great country!”

Also in attendance was Lyons Trustee and current active duty Marine, Sergeant Jason Thomas. Sergeant Thomas placed the honorary wreath for display in front of the Eternal Flame. 

“It is evident by this Memorial Day Ceremony that takes place each year and the other ongoing efforts by Mayor Getty and the Village that Lyons is a community that truly supports our Military,” said Sergeant Thomas.

The ceremony also included the singing of patriotic songs by David Molinari, a bagpipe performance by Daniel Shevlin, and remarks from Mayor Getty. 

Post Commander Fuerst, who also served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, closed by having the American Legion Rifle Squad fire four shots as a salute to all fallen service members.

The Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony has been a valued tradition in Lyons for many years.


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