BUHL — A plain white sign along U.S. 30 east of town points the way to the West End Cemetery, where on Monday members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars waited for the Memorial Day crowd to assemble.
Within minutes, cars lined the country road leading to the cemetery, its manicured lawn splashed with color and its shade trees and flags waving in the light breeze. Many stood with heavy hearts remembering those who lost their lives defending the nation.
About 800 veterans are buried at the cemetery, VFW District 6 Commander Melanie Foster said.
The ceremony was simple and poignant.
The Buhl VFW raised the U.S. flag at the C.C. Voeller Memorial, while others saluted or somberly held their hands over their hearts.
“America stands on the shoulders of giants,” speaker Jason Ramsey said. “We remember their sacrifices; we honor their sacrifices.
“To our heroes,” Ramsey said. “May you rest in the peace you created.”
With that, the color guard fired off a three-volley salute and Harvey McCoy of Buhl played Taps.
The ceremony ended with the retirement of a U.S. flag by Troop 106, as Foster read the poem “My Name is Old Glory.”
Too many have forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day, said Jim Fields, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion.
“It’s become just a three-day weekend for many,” said Fields.
But for the veterans there, the day will not be forgotten.
“I belong to my VFW because it is my duty to continue to honor fallen comrades” Foster said. “I love my country. It doesn’t matter who the president is, who my neighbors are, who our enemies are.
“I bleed red, white, and blue, because I chose to be a patriot. I am thankful to be a veteran, and I’m proud to be an American.”
"I love my country. It doesn't matter who the president is, who my neighbors are, who our enemies are."
VFW District 6 Commander
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