About 55 veterans and community members gathered outside the Washington County Courthouse on a chilly, rainy Sunday afternoon to honor the nation's fallen soldiers in a wreath-laying ceremony.
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The Memorial Day celebration was sponsored by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.
Amid a steady downpour, about 20 veterans walked somberly to the front of the courthouse war memorial, saluted the names listed and placed sodden red, white and blue wreaths around the monument.
Rev. Fred Eckhardt of Westminster told war stories about loyal soldiers to the crowd, who huddled in groups sharing umbrellas. One of the stories Eckhardt mentioned was of a soldier lying in a hospital bed with an arm missing.
"Somebody had told him that he lost an arm," Eckhardt said. "The man said, 'I didn't lose it, I gave it.'"