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Fallen comrades remembered

(The 2024 Fairbury Memorial Day service shown Monday at Graceland Cemetery)

An important yet somber occasion was marked at Fairbury’s Graceland Cemetery Monday morning for Memorial Day.

Featured speaker Paul Augsburger said there were no words that could reflect the magnitude the sacrifices of some have meant to our nation. He encouraged those in attendance to reflect and remember all of our fallen comrades.

“They were our fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and friends,” said Augsburger.

He hopes we all keep their memories alive.

“They came from every corner of this great nation and other countries as well,” Augsburger explained. “They were different in many ways yet somehow; they were all the same.”

Augsburger reminded the crowd that freedom is not free and there has been a heavy cost in preserving our way of life throughout history. He admitted the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters are sometimes forgotten.

Also at Monday’s ceremony at Graceland Cemetery, the combined Color Guard of the VFW and American Legion was featured. Each Auxiliary also had a member presenting a wreath.

Members of the Prairie Central High School band provided patriotic music while the VFW Auxiliary hosted a lunch downtown following the event.

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