Remembering American heroes lost in war


The American flag is raised to honor those who have fallen, closing the VFW Memorial Day program at the Roscoe Cemetery, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day is celebrated each year on the last Monday in May. The national holiday originated during the American Civil War when citizens put flowers on the graves of those killed in battle. In 1971, the name was changed to Memorial Day and declared a national holiday.

It is a day to honor those men and women who fought and died while serving in the US military.

Citizens in towns and cities in the Stateline and across America place flowers on graves and gather to watch parades and military ceremonies honoring veterans past and present.

On May 29, 2023, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 2955 organized a parade up Main Street to Harrison Street and into the Roscoe Cemetery for a special Memorial Day ceremony honoring those from Roscoe who lost their lives in battle. Streets and lawns along the parade route were lined with families and friends. Many wore red, white and blue and waved small American flags.

VFW officers and auxiliary members read the names of every Roscoe soldier that has served in foreign wars. The Color Guard fired a volley, the American flag was raised and "Taps" was played, ending the program.

Many families walked a few blocks down Harrison Street for a picnic in Leland Park.

 Mariner Girl Scout Troop 361, under the direction of Louise Glon, marched in the Roscoe Memorial Day parade.

The Roscoe Middle School Band, under the direction of Diane Bolte, marched in the parade and performed at the ceremony at the Roscoe Cemetery.

VFW officers remembered those who have fought for our freedom. Commander Rubin Hernandez spoke of the honor it is for the privilege of living in America. “God Bless the United States.”

The VFW Post 2955 Color Guard fired a volley and "Taps" was played, ending the Memorial Day program on May 29, 2023.

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Nova, dressed in red, white and blue, and her mom Megan watched the Memorial Day parade.
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