Town Crier News Staff
Legion member Jerry Reed welcomed the veterans and their families in attendance and led the opening prayer.
The Color Guard presented the United States flag, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars flag, and included two arms bearers. The four veterans serving as the Color Guard included Post Commander Larry Rolland, Robert Chambers, Bob George and Bill Craig.
Veteran Marie George led the assembly in singing "Amazing Grace."
Legion Chaplain Robert Chambers led the group in a special prayer for the men and women who have served and are now serving in the military.
"From all the veterans here today, we want to say thank you," Chambers said. "This is a day to remember, especially to remember those who gave their lives for this country.
"This is a sacred day, a day reserved for the remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. As you walk through the sections of the cemetery this weekend, please remember our blessings. Always remember to pray for freedom, peace and for the families, our nation and those who are serving our country now, wherever they may be.
"Although we will never be able to recover the value of these lives, we benefit from them every day as we have the things they died for. We are responsible to do our best to repay the debt that is owed to those who have presented us with our most precious gift...freedom." Chambers said.
Monette Cemetery Committee Chairman Janet Rolland gave a cemetery report, which consisted of receipts and expenses for the past year.
"We depend upon donations and sales of burial plots to maintain the cemetery," Rolland said. " It costs us about $15,000 a year to keep up the cemetery. We appreciate how much everyone has helped in the past to make it possible to have such a well-maintained cemetery, and one that we can all take pride in."
A special offering was taken for the cemetery at the close of the meeting.
Legion members placed American flags on veterans' graves at the Monette and Macey Cemeteries and presented a large flag display at the American Legion building downtown.