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‘A barricade against the nation’s foes’

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CLIFTON — Last week, veterans and members of the public came together to honor soldiers, sailors and Marines who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

For many, Memorial Day marks the start of summer vacation, but underneath the warm May sun, a somber crowd listened as veterans listed the names of the fallen from an uncomfortably long list, but too long to be forgotten.

Memorial Day ceremony

The public filled Veterans Park in Clifton for the Memorial Day service.

Wreaths were laid, and the crowd dispersed into the park full of monuments to those soldiers, whose sacrifice paid for the peace they enjoy.

Services were followed by a luncheon at the American Legion.

The Memorial Day event was held the morning of May 28 in Clifton Veterans Park. Hosted by members of the American Legion Post 28 and the Honor Guard, the ceremony invited veterans from previous wars to share their experiences and remind the people in attendance of the importance for what they fought for and, in the case of many of their brothers and sisters, died for.

Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey, of American Legion Post 28, reads a list of the fallen.

“When we recall the things they did, the hero hosts seem mighty in our midsts,” Commander Carlson, of Post 28, said, reading aloud for the ceremony. “When peril threatened and their country called, with what self-sacrifice they left their paths of peace to spring to arms, to make their breasts a barricade against the nation’s foes.”

Celebrated originally in 1868 as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was instituted by Commander in Chief John A. Logan to honor fallen soldiers following the Civil War.

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