Monday, May 30, 2005

It Was an Honor!

I performed this morning in the St. Peter, MN Memorial day service with the rest of the Govenaires. A simple, traditional service marked by vocal performances (Battle Hymn, God Bless the USA), The St. Peter Saints Marching Band (Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes), along with a moving performance of Amazing Grace by us. Speakers included members of the local Legion and VFW posts, and the Mayor of St. Peter. The Main speaker was a member of the local police force who will be leaving soon on another Tour in Iraq. He has been in the service for a good part of 18 years.

The service concluded with the traditional 21 gun salute, followed by one of our members playing Taps. It was especially rewarding to be able to visit with my Godfather who is a long time member of the local Legion color Guard, and was a member of those presenting the colors.

Memorial Day is the kick off to the Summer season, and is spent by many at lakes, cabins, and parks. But I hope that every few years or so, EVERYONE has a chance to participate in a Memorial day service, especially if you have children. It is important that we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms.


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