JAMESTOWN – Veterans, elected officials and community members gathered Monday morning to honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 53 gathered at Jamestown’s Veterans Memorial Park to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The legion then hosted a 21-gun salute a the corner of Third and Main Streets in Downtown Jamestown.
“The idea of honoring everybody that is serving or who has served should be in our hearts forever,” said Post Commander Steve Peterson. “By having this special day, it promotes that and it reminds people that there are those making a great sacrifice both serving and who have served.”
Jamestown High School’s Marching Band played “The Star Spangled Banner” and buglers played “Taps.”
Jamestown Mayor Elect Eddie Sundquist says it is important to get young people involved in the holiday.
“There’s nothing greater than service, whether that’s service to your community, or service to your country, and we want to show our young folks, especially those in schools, that this is something they can do, they can serve their country, they can serve their community in many ways, and our veterans are shining example of service they’ve given to our country and to our lives,” said Sundquist.
Following the ceremony downtown, a service was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and then another ceremony at Soldier’s Circle in Lake View Cemetery.