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Posted: 05/22/13

Romeo VFW hosting
Memorial Day ceremony

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer

      Memorial Day isn't just a day to fire up the grill, but more importantly, it's a day to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
       The Striber-McVicar VFW Post 2052 of Romeo will continue its tradition of holding a parade and ceremony on Monday, May 27, at the Romeo Cemetery to honor those that have fought and continue to fight for the United States.
       Shannon Dickens, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Romeo VFW, said the event is held annually in order to honor the brave men and women who served their country.
       "We're inviting and encouraging all the community to join us so that we can pay a very rightful tribute to all of those who have given their lives for their country and for the freedom that we all enjoy," Dickens said.
       The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of St. Clair and Main streets and heads down St. Clair to the Romeo Cemetery. The short parade will include Boy Scouts, the Romeo High School Marching Band and veterans.
       The ceremony will feature guest speakers such as Dist. 11 Senator Jack Brandenburg and Dist. 7 County Commissioner Don Brown.
       Per tradition, a rifle salute and the playing of "Taps" will honor fallen soldiers. The Ladies Auxiliary will offer prayers for the country and its veterans and lay a wreath in memory of them.
       Bettie Lester, chaplain for the Ladies Auxiliary, said she will read the names of at least 30 local veterans who died within the last year.
       "It's my way of honoring the veterans," she said.
       She said the day is also held in remembrance of those who serve on U.S. soil, such as police and firefighters.
       Guests are invited to a luncheon at the VFW Hall following the ceremony. The hall is located at 70455 McVicar Road.


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