Honoring our nation’s verterans, the Santaquin American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary held their annual Memorial Day ceremony this morning attended by approximately 100 people.
Featuring auxiliary members from the Santaquin City area, the event was held in honor of those who have fallen to “protect our freedom”. Several speakers were chosen, including local residents Nel Morgan and Lance Wollebaek.
Morgan’s remarks centered around the Memorial Day tradition of the poppy, which is worn in memory of the servicemen and servicewomen who died in combat. According to Morgan the poppy was a flower that bloomed following a battle at Flander’s Field. The poem by Lt Col. McCrae “In Flander’s Field” was written during World War I and was the inspiration for the “remembrance poppy.”
“These poppies remind us of all who have served us,” said Morgan.
Military veteran Tracy Roberts of the U.S. Air Force and 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base was in attendance to pay tribute. He shared what Memorial Day meant to him.
“Today’s a day that we can think of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free,” said Roberts. “If we ever forget the price of freedom then we’re doomed to lose it.”