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Fairbury remembers the fallen




A crowd gathers Monday morning at Graceland Cemetery for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day provides an opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country but also reflect on their legacy.


That was the message shared by Fairbury American Legion Commander Gerry Brandt during Monday’s Memorial Day service at Graceland Cemetery.


Brandt told the crowd gathered on a breezy, sunny morning that Memorial Day actually started as Decoration Day to honor fallen soldiers who lost their lives during the Civil War.


“An American tradition was born,” he said.


Brandt said there is a high cost to maintaining freedom around the globe and our fallen soldiers contributed to a free nation.


“As we stand together today, we are reminded of the true cost of freedom.”


Where one story ends, another begins. This is a statement that holds true for our fallen service members. Brandt hopes our youth are taught that nothing comes without cost and that the patriots who wear uniforms are eager to succeed in their endeavors.


“Today we set aside our personal beliefs and unite in tribute and respect,” added Brandt.


With the sacrifice of families left behind also felt, Brandt would like to see everyone recommit themselves to ensure others understand the true meaning of Memorial Day.


“On this sacred day, we stand united as a nation.”


Also during Monday’s ceremony, members of the Prairie Central High School band played patriotic numbers along with Taps.


Paul Augsburger of the Fairbury VFW introduces Gerry Brandt of the American Legion.

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