“The one that gets me is the reading of those that have passed,” says Williams County Veterans Service Officer, Grant Carns. “From 2017’s Memorial Day to now, the American Legion Auxiliary reads off the names of those men and women that have passed and have served our country. That to me is an extremely humbling experience,” says Carns.
It was a time of remembrance at Riverview Cemetery. Remembrance for those who served, who fought, and who sacrificed in the name of freedom.
“Hearing those names. It gives me time to reflect, I guess. It makes me appreciate that we’re here because of people like that,” says Carns.
The crowd gathered to honor all those whose lives were lost.
“They are the ones who fought for our freedom and are the ones who have made it to where we can live the way we want to live,” says Williston resident Brittany Feezell.
It was an emotional day for many with personal connections to those who have served. It was also a time for reflection.
Debbie Johnson has three sons currently serving in the Air Force.
“It’s an honor and a privilege. And sometimes it’s very difficult, when I think where they are and what they’re doing. It makes me cry. But they’re tears of joy and sadness at the same time,” says Johnson.
And through the tears shed on this day, the sun shone bright. The flag glistened as it waved. And flowers swayed gently in the wind. On Memorial Day, when names are remembered, lives are honored, and everyday freedoms are celebrated.