Honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice

Local schoolchildren, pictured above, sang patriotic songs as part of the annual Memorial Day ceremony in downtown Morgan Hill May 27. The event took place at the Veterans Memorial on Monterey Road at First Street.

Organized by local resident and Vietnam veteran Eddie Bowers, the purpose of the Memorial Day ceremony is to remember veterans of the American armed forces who died in combat. The brief, 45-minute ceremony included a flag raising, singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and other patriotic songs, a prayer and a reading of the “honor roll”—a list of local residents who died in combat, whose names are engraved on the downtown memorial. US Air Force veterans Brian Sullivan and Rusty O’Hara—both Morgan Hill residents—each laid a wreath at the base of the memorial. The ceremony concluded with a playing of “Taps” in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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