Visitors commemorate Memorial Day

Published 10:26 pm Monday, May 25, 2020

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Families, friends and former comrades came out to Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery on Monday to commemorate Memorial Day.

Even though there was no official ceremony this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of people visited while keeping their distance from other visitors.

Some, like Christine Conley, came out to dedicate a drink to fallen comrades she had served with. She said it was her honor to be the only person local enough to make the trip this year.

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Others, like Frank and Fesan Eduardo, are regular visitors to the grave of Frank’s sister, Xiomara. They played a game of catch while listening to Xiomara’s favorite music.

Joseph Barton, 7, never met the men whose graves he visited on Monday. His grandfather and great-grandfather died before he was born.

Kimberlee Spires met up with her best friend and spent the afternoon teaching their children what Memorial Day was really about.

In the back rows of the cemetery, where no other people were, an older man walked slowly through the rows, stepping carefully with his cane and reading each name as he passed.

Each person that visited had a different story. Each visitor spent the time remembering a loved one or even just the strangers who gave their lives in sacrifice for their country.

Although there was no “Taps” played on the bugle, no speeches made, no parading of the flag, still people paid tribute to those who gave their lives.