STEPHENVILLE (May 30, 2016) — Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, honoring military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
The ceremony at American Legion Veterans Field of Honor in West End Cemetery featured guest speaker Dr. Matthew Hallgarth, a Tarleton professor and retired Air Force officer and veteran of the Bosnia/Kosovo war. The flag, in accordance with tradition on Memorial Day, was raised then lowered to half mast, where it will remain until noon. The National Anthem, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps are also time-honored traditions featured Monday.
Dr. Hallgarth noted that true heroes “see heroic actions as nothing more than just duty,” and said they “forsake their private lives to serve something greater than themselves.”
Hallgarth asked people in attendance and throughout America to honor those who lost their lives protecting our freedoms by diligently and selflessly carrying out our own daily duties, whether they be as servicemen or women or simply duties at work and to one’s family. He said the best way to honor them is by living “lives worthy of their courageous sacrifice.”