Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps members Steve Fierbaugh and Donnie Waybright lower the American flag to half mast at the Arbovale Cemetery Sunday as part of the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. S. Stewart photo

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

The annual Memorial Day Service was held Sunday at Arbovale United Methodist Church.

Hosted by the Arbovale Cemetery Association, the event is a time to pay tribute to the servicemen-and-women who sacrificed for the safety, freedom and well-being of the country, and to remember those who passed away in the past year.

Guest speaker Delegate Bill Hartman said it is important to continue celebrations like this, especially in small communities.

“I think it makes Arbovale a much stronger place because of the fact that everybody cares about the community and their citizens,” he said. “It is an honor to be here to make special recognition of our citizens who have given the last full measure.”

Hartman recalled that Memorial Day began in 1886, as a way to honor the fallen soldiers who fought for freedom. Since that time, however, Memorial Day has become much more. It is a reminder that those we have lost are never…

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