Wilton honors those who served their country

WILTON – The Memorial Day observances led by members of Bent-Burke Post 10, American Legion, are strictly traditional. From the music by the Temple Band, which has led the parade for many years, to the placing of a wreath in the Souhegan River, to honor those lost at sea. by a member of the Legion Auxiliary, and the playing of taps, the observances are solemn and reverent.

Natalie Herfurth read “In Flanders Fields” and “We Shall Keep the Faith.” Ashlyn Adcock read the “Answer.”

Post Commander Robert Paro read “The Gettysburg Address.”

The band supplied patriotic music.

Paro then talked about the meaning of Memorial Day, from its inception in 1868 to honor all veterans of the Civil War, North and South, and the evolution to the current observances on the last Monday in May.

“We are here to remember those still serving,” Paro, who served in the Navy, said. ”Remember the oath taken by all who are entering the service.

“They stand as patriots to defend the Constitution. When you see the returning soldier, the wounded warrior, or see a grave, remember what they did, remember their achievements. We are here to honor them.”

Those soldiers “embody devotion to duty and integrity,” Paro said. “They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves, to protect the nation that has given us so much.”

No second place

But, he added, “those who think we don’t need a well-equipped service, are wrong. There is no place in war for second place. Winning is everything.

“You and I must send a wake-up call. Freedom is not free.”

Pat Condon spoke for the Legion Auxiliary and read a poem called “In Memoriam.”

Wreaths were placed on the war memorial and in the river.

Post Chaplain Randy Greeley gave the invocation and the benediction.