Fallen soldiers from every American war since the Civil War were honored Monday at the Turlock Community Memorial Day celebration at Turlock Memorial Park.
“On this Memorial Day, let us pause and reflect on the sacrifice so freely given,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5059 incoming commander John Elliot.
Dozens of community members gathered to recognize fallen servicemen and women and show their support for active troops. Along with local residents, elected officials made an appearance at the annual event. Mayor John Lazar, State Senator Anthony Cannella and U.S. Congressman Jeff Denham all attended the celebration and expressed their appreciation for the sacrifices that have ensured current freedoms.
Denham, a Desert Storm veteran, called upon attendees to recognize the sacrifices of servicemen and women every day and not just on Memorial Day. Cannella especially recognized the two dozen Central Valley servicemen and women who have lost their lives in combat since 2001.
“The debt of gratitude we owe these servicemen and women can never be repaid,” Cannella said.
He also encouraged the audience to honor their service by volunteering in the community, as a poll worker or by taking care of veterans’ gravestones.
“We should honor their legacy by never talking for granted these freedoms,” Cannella said.
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