DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Memorial Day is far more than barbecues and games, pool time and vacations. It is a specific chance to honor those who left it all on the battlefields.
"What we want to do is honor and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the armed services and this is our way of being a part of something bigger than ourselves," Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery General Manager Kerry Overton said.
On Monday morning beginning at 10, the staff at Roselawn will open the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This free and open-to-all event will bring community leaders and Morgan County Combined Patriotic Organizations together to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. There will be a number of speakers including Guest Speaker Major General Mark McDonald, Commanding General, United States Army Security Assistance Command and a number of others. The Ausin High School JROTC will present the colors and there will be a presentation of the Gold Star Mothers. The American Legion color guard will perform a 21 gun salute. After the benediction, the VFW will perform a flag retirement ceremony, an opportunity to properly dispose of soiled flags. Guests are invited to bring any soiled or tattered flags to retire. This gives everyone a chance to stand beside family and friends who lost a loved one while the person served our country.
"To build that patriotic spirit in us, to let people know that freedom is not free and it comes with a cost," Overton said.