ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The many from Muskingum County who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military were honored Monday.
The annual Memorial Day service was held at Greenwood Cemetery. Names of deceased service members were read and wreaths were placed at the monumental wall; all in an effort to not forget those individuals or their service.
“It’s a little heart-rending, I served in Vietnam and there’s some remorse there, a lot of my buddies I lost and I don’t know why I’m here but i’m living for them,” said Richard Bowers, a retired Marine. “It’s a fact that we do not want their service to be forgotten. It needs to be thought of every year.”
Taps were played by the VFW post 1058 rifle squad, the Zanesville High School band performed and a guest speaker shared his message on the significance of the holiday.
“The importance of Memorial Day is recognizing and reflecting on the service members that have given the ultimate sacrifices so we can enjoy our freedoms and rights here in this great nation,” said Maj. Shawn Meier, United States Marine Corps.
Meier shared his experience as a service member and encouraged everyone to pay tribute and reflect on those who lost their lives serving in the military not only today, but as often as they can.