Memorial Day Service Honors Nation’s Fallen Heroes


On a day set aside to honor United States’ veterans, hundreds of folks went out to the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center for their annual Memorial Day Service.

As taps rang out over the crowd, people rose out of their seats to honor our country’s service men and women, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

“Freedom is never free. If you want to know the true price of freedom, go to any national cemetery and count the crosses.” WWII and Korean War Vet Douglas Starr said.

Still, those who did return from combat had a price to pay all their own.

“Look around and you see people in wheel chairs and canes. And it’s not from old age, it’s from gunshots and bombs and stuff like that” Starr said.

No matter the branch of service, everyone came out today to show their support.

“I’ve seen the VFW, the DAV, The American legion, The Order of the Purple Hearts, The Marine Barracks, almost every organization in the city.” Commander of the Sioux Falls military order of the Cootie, Vern Anderson said.

During the service, Key Note Speaker, Cornel Frisby-Griffin reminded the crowd what Memorial Day was all about.

“Everyone one here understands that memorial day is a solemn reminder that freedom is never free.” Cornel Frisby-Griffin said.

and with that reminder came the chance for everyone to show their gratitude.

“It is an opportunity to say thank you and express our appreciation and to pay our respects for those people who have given their all” U.S. Senator John Thune said.

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