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Hundreds flock to Roswell Memorial Day ceremony

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Many Memorial Day ceremonies are held, but few are on the scale of which the City of Roswell put together in conjunction with its Rotary Club.

Hundreds of people packed the shaded area behind City Hall.

Draped in front of the white columns was an enormous American flag.

The light breeze slipping behind it, rustling the fabric and making it look as if it was waving proudly at times.

With the orchestra playing patriotic tunes, pumped through the public address system, no ear went unturned.

People of all ages were in attendance. A young man, his fist full of a two miniature American Flags on short sticks, clung to the low branches of a tree amid a sea of people.

The grin on his face and the joy with which he scrambled out of the tree and began twirling in the isle would not have been possible without the sacrifices he was there to commemorate.

Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembrance. It is a day of quiet contemplation of what it takes to live the way we do, and the understanding that thousands upon thousands of men and women have given their lives to secure it.

A 90-year-old man addressed the crowd, telling them of his time in World War II. His story was shared today, but so many others have been lost, their owners slipping from our mortal world with tales of loss and victory untold.

A Vietnam veteran also addressed the crowd, telling them it was God who got him through that bloody conflict. He shared his concern that America is losing its heritage, and drifting farther from God. For him, America is on a dark path, with an uncertain and ominous future.

Another speaker was not a veteran at all, but the mother of one. Her son was injured in our most recent conflicts. He couldn't get the care he needed and eventually committed suicide. She wants something done about the VA.

Each speaker at the ceremony had something to say, and someone who would listen. Perhaps on another day their problems would fall on deaf ears, but not today.

Memorial Day comes but once a year, and while some treat it as nothing more than an unofficial start to their summer, there are still those who remember why we celebrate it, and why that celebration is so important.

Hundreds of those people showed up in Roswell today.

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