For a lot of people, Memorial Day is probably just a convenient day off of work, but those who attended the Montevideo Memorial Day Service this week were left with no doubt what the holiday is really about.
The tone was set very well by the perfect weather, and everyone performing, speaking or performing a duty made the proceedings feel appropriately sacred for an event meant to honor our soldiers.
I’ll admit that often Memorial Day comes and goes; even when attending services while at school or living elsewhere. The service here resonated, however, I think because of the earnestness with which poetry was read, and songs were sung, and in the receptiveness to everyone present. I?heard several people singing along, or just talking or whispering words to themselves while they were read or sung.
It is always nice seeing youth show so much respect during these types of events. Both the Boy Scouts and the Montevideo High School band conducted themselves respectfully.
I’m sure I am not even considering half of the whole picture when I say Montevideo is a town that very actively supports veterans; mere lip service is not paid here.
Besides a very active VFW and Legion, we have an active Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee.
One of the biggest current projects to keep in mind is the local Wreaths Across America initiative, through which the Legion hopes to place a wreath at every cross in?Sunset Memorial Cemetery.