Memorial Day observances honor fallen military veterans
By Holly Coombs
Civil Air Patrol Cadets raise the flag during the ceremony at Cedar City Cemetery MondayAlso, known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was observed by many gathered throughout Iron County and the country to recognize and honor military men and women, who died while fighting for their country.
U.S. President Donald Trump visited the Arlington National Cemetery Monday morning to perform the duty of commander-in-chief by laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In presidential tradition, Trump gave his Memorial Day address, laid the wreath and honored those U.S. men and women who fought to the death for the country.
“Thank you for joining us as we honor the brave warriors who gave their lives for ours–Spending their last moments on this earth in defense of this great country and its people,” Trump said in his live address. “We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by their families and loved ones they left behind—special, special people.”
Trump also honored Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly’s fallen son, Robert, and the Kelly family.
“I especially want to extend our gratitude to Gen. Kelly for joining us today—an incredible man—I always call him general,” Trump said. “He understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war.”
Robert Kelly, 29, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in 2010 during a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
We remember all who gave their all in the service of the United States of America
—Bruce Winslow, Iron County Veterans Coalition
“To the entire Kelly family, today, 300 million American hearts are joined together with you. We grieve with you,” Trump said. “We honor you and we pledge to you that we will always remember Robert and what he did for us.”
Also in Cedar City in the cemetery, the Iron County Veterans Coalition hosted a program with the cadets from the Civil Air Patrol, who presented of the colors and raising of the flag to half-staff for those fallen service men and women.
The cemetery was full and cars lined the streets. More then 20 living veterans stood and were recognized as they saluted when the flags were raised.
The honor guard shot three follies, played TAPs and a moment of silence followed.
The pledge of allegiance was said among attendees and a wreath was placed at the Memorial Day Memorial during the ceremony to honor the World War I veterans by the Robinson and Beacham family.
“Over there, over there the yanks are coming,” Winslow said, quoting a remembrance of World War I. “Those words would come familiar on Decoration Day in 1917 and for many months after that. The United States declared war 6 April 1917 and entered the world war.”
He spoke of the history as members of the military prepared for that first world war.
“The U.S. Army had 135,000 regular troops and 80,000 national guard soldiers,” Winslow said.
With four million men serving as a draft was registered in June 1917, 24,000 of those men and women were from Utah.
“Over 290 of them were from Iron County,” Winslow said.
The Veterans Park in Cedar City has the from Summit, Modena, Parowan, Lund, Kannaraville, Paragonah and Cedar City.
“Seven of the men would die in the service of their country and one is missing in action. Over 100 veterans of World War I are buried in the Cedar City Cemetery,” Winslow said. “We all honor their service today and during the centennial of the war as we remember all who gave their all in the service of the United States of America. They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Each shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”