Honoring those who sacrificed all

By Karen Kissiah

May 29, 2014

Chesterfield County’s Memorial Day ceremony, held May 26 inside the Chesterfield County Courthouse , was followed by a procession of family, friends and veterans who placed fronds at the memorial’s base on the courthouse grounds.

The Rev. Bruce Adams, guest speaker, told the capacity crowd that Memorial Day is a “time of solemn celebration” for those who gave the supreme sacrifice for future generations.

“Our task,” said Adams, “is to honor their sacrifice in our words and deeds.”

Adams said the recognition of Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, honoring the fallen heroes of the Civil War. He noted that more American soldiers were killed in that conflict than any other war to date.

“But we couldn’t have faced the challenges of today if we were still divided,” said Adams.

The ceremony included reading the names of all of Chesterfield County’s fallen heroes, from the Revolutionary War to the present. The names of veterans who died within the past year were also read.

Grapevine Florist of Chesterfield donated the fronds placed at the memorial, and Darrell Kyler performed Taps on his bugle.

— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.