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'Go out and honor those who gave everything': Middletown area marks Memorial Day

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 5/27/19

The sun shone brightly and Middletown residents young and old came out for the town’s annual Memorial Day parade and remembrance ceremony Monday.Wreaths and flowers were laid near the graves of …

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'Go out and honor those who gave everything': Middletown area marks Memorial Day

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The sun shone brightly and Middletown residents young and old came out for the town’s annual Memorial Day parade and remembrance ceremony Monday.

Wreaths and flowers were laid near graves of veterans from the Civil War and other conflicts at the cemetery on North Union Street.

The solemn responsibility to put on the events alternates each year between VFW Post 1620 and American Legion Post 594. This year, it was the VFW’s turn.

Others participating in the ceremony included Odd Fellows Triune Lodge No. 307, Sons of Union Veterans, and the Middletown Area High School Marching Band.

Middletown Memorial Day ceremonies 2019; video by Mitch Carson

Navy Chief Petty Officer Patrick Devlin, a Navy SEAL still serving in the Reserves, was guest speaker. He asked those gathered to think about what each can do to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“Not just on this day, but every day,” Devlin said. “How can we make our neighborhood, our city, our country, a better place? Can we turn off our Netflix, can we put down our social media, even for an hour, to see if we can help our neighbor, find time for those less fortunate, aid a struggling veteran?”

“The answer isn’t mine to give you. It’s not going to be found in a book. It’s found within you. So I ask you to go out and honor those who gave everything, by living the best you can to make the world a better place,” he said.