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VFW Post 8794 honors fallen

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Whitehall Post 8794 memorialized America's fallen veterans May 27 in a ceremony at the Freedom Square Monument at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 E. Broad St.

Richard Curry, senior vice commander of Post 8794, led the Memorial Day ceremony memorializing all veterans, including about 3,000 veterans and 23 Medal of Honor recipients interred at Forest Lawn.

"We are gathered here to commemorate our veteran dead of all wars and emphasize our VFW pledge to honor the dead by helping the living," Curry said.

VFW officers placed a wreath and American flag at the base on the monument.

Members of the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary placed carnations of different colors at the monument, each one depicting a specific attribute of veterans.

An honor guard from the Defense Supply Center Columbus Police Department rendered a 21-gun salute and performed taps and Amazing Grace.

At noon May 27, members conducted a similar ceremony at Post 8794, at 4100 E. Main St.

Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard addressed those attending the on-site ceremony at the VFW post in Whitehall.

The marching band from Whitehall-Yearling High School performed the national anthem and taps, and the DSCC honor guard repeated the 21-gun salute.

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