(New Carlisle, IN) - Memorial Day ceremonies across the area commemorated the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women in the defense of liberty.
In New Carlisle a parade through town culminated in a gathering at the cemetery. The procession included a riderless horse, bagpipes, color guard, and dozens of silent onlookers. Wreaths were placed at a Civil War monument. Before a 21-gun salute concluded the observance, these words from the American Legion Commander rang throughout the cemetery:
“Comrades, this day is sacred with the almost visible presence of those who have gone before us. We honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of our country, and of those others who have dropped their burdens by the wayside of life, and are gone to their eternal rest. May the ceremonies of today deepen your reverence for our departed friends and comrades. Let us renew our pledge of loyalty to our Country and its Flag. Let us resolve by word and deed to emphasize the privilege and duty of patriotism.”
As quietly as they had gathered, the crowd dispersed, off to enjoy the freedoms won for them by the veterans they honored.