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Fallen soldiers honored in Hurley


Isabelle Kleinschmidt/Daily Globe

Area Veterans carry flags and wreaths in honor of the nation's fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday morning in Hurley.


Hurley - Despite looming clouds, there was a memorial service held in Hurley on Monday morning. The service followed a parade including local veterans and the Hurley marching band.

The parade went south on 51 towards the Saint Mary Cemetery in Hurley while the band played patriotic numbers. Just as the procession reached the cemetery, the clouds broke and it began to rain. The rain only lasted moments, before it let up as the ceremony began.

The traditional role call of deceased veterans, decorating of the respective crosses, and a 21-gun salute was conducted in honor of those soldiers who gave their lives defending the United States. A member of the marching band played Taps on the bugle.

This year's guest speaker was Sam Filippo retired Colonel with the U.S. Army. Filippo gave several accounts of soldiers acknowledging their commitment and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

"We must never forget the families of our fallen. Long after the war has been fought, their children will still be missing a parent, young wives and husbands will be without their life partners, and parents will forever grieve for their heroic sons and daughters who died way too early," said Filippo.

As one Gold Star Mother, Walline Sikorski put it "They gave up their todays so we can have our tomorrows."


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