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City marks Memorial Day




Paul Augsburger of the Fairbury VFW speaks at Graceland Cemetery Monday morning.

Fairbury residents gathered on a cloudy and cool Monday morning to pay respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.


The annual Memorial Day remembrance was held at Graceland Cemetery with prepared remarks, patriotic musical selections from the Prairie Central High School band and a 21-gun salute.


“Remember those who lived and died fighting to protect the dignity of mankind,” said VFW Chaplain John Frakes during the opening prayer. “Let us be the true masters of brotherly love.”


VFW Quartermaster Paul Augsburger reminded the crowd it is for good reason we gather on Memorial Day, honoring the sacrifices of those who answered their nation’s call. He explained the men and women of America’s Armed Forces have given their very lives for us and hopes and dreams were never fulfilled since their time on Earth was too brief.


“We reflect on brief moments we had with now absent friends,” said Augsburger.


Augsburger noted there is no freedom without bravery as individuals came from every corner of the nation to protect and advance the cause of freedom. He hopes the day is not always about sorrow but rather the feeling of honor, patriotism and pride.


“They were our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, daughters and friends,” Augsburger reflected.


The placing of the wreaths at Graceland Cemetery was conducted by Marlene Schuble of the VFW Auxiliary and Ida Ziller representing the American Legion Auxiliary.



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