Sacrifices for freedom remembered

May 31, 2006|by TARA REILLY


Veteran Ernest Brant has been to four Memorial Day ceremonies since the weekend.

Brant, who was among the crowd at Tuesday's ceremony at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway, said he attends to honor those who died while serving the country.

Because of their sacrifice, Brant, who served four years in the U.S. Air Force and 14 years in the Reserves, said Americans can live in freedom and without the worry of "being thrown in jail" over their beliefs.

"I'm thankful I was born in the USA," said Brant, who lives near Williamsport.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles A. May Jr., the speaker at Tuesday's ceremony, said it was important to remember the men and women who died to ensure such freedom.


"We gain strength from what they did ... and are inspired to honor the cause for which they died," May said.

Wreaths were placed in front of a war monument in the Veterans Memorial Garden section of the park, where the ceremony was held. The garden also contains a wall bearing plaques honoring the branches of the military.

The annual Memorial Day event was sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County.

"We honor and remember all those who gave their lives for their country," said retired Air Force Col. Ronald Wayne Taylor, vice president of the council.

The council also holds an annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Robert Sandberg Sr. of Hagerstown, who served 20 years of active duty, said he knows people who died while serving the country.

"I think of them every time I come to one of these services," Sandberg said. "Then, you can't sleep for a couple of nights."

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