Yadkin County veterans and other residents honored the fallen military heroes of the nation on Monday at a service held at the Yadkin County Park. A local Boy Scout troop led attendees in the pledge of allegiance and several local veterans spoke at the event.
David Shore, state commander of the American Legion and Post 336, addressed the crowd.
“We’re here to honor and pay our respects to those who have lost their lives in protecting our freedom and other nations’ freedom. This is honorable occasion that we have today,” Shore said.
Shore said 1.3 million Americans service men and women have lost their lives since the American revolution.
“It is for these heroes that we gather here today,” Shore said. “It is up to us to remember their sacrifice.”
He noted that the families of those who have lost loved ones also should be remembered.
“They struggle with this every day,” Shore said.
“It is these special families that produced the outstanding men and women who have given everything for our freedom. These families are the fabric of our nation,” Shore added. “Our fallen have given what Lincoln called their ‘last full measure of devotion.’ They did it to serve America. They did it to serve us. Let us live up to their sacrifice.”
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