By Cody Willoughby
TROY — The annual Veterans Memorial Service was held in Riverside Cemetery on Saturday in Troy, honoring those who have served.
Opening remarks and introductions of speakers present were delivered by Tom Sutherin, of American Legion Post 43, followed by an invocation delivered by Robert Speck, of VFW Post 5436.
Those present stood to observe the raising of the flag during the national anthem, and then received an address by Mayor Michael Beamish, who attends every year to honor those that served.
“I’ve not missed a Veterans Day memorial service in 14 years,” said Mayor Michael Beamish, of the event. “My father was a veteran of World War II. My uncles were war veterans as well. I grew up with a lot of stories of that era, and have carried with me the impact of these men’s service my entire life. It is a tremendous opportunity and privilege to stand before those who have served their country, including those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and are represented today by their families who still remember. This memorial is to commemorate and honor veterans of the past, present, and those yet to come.”
The keynote speaker at the event, Ed Cichy, of American Legion Post 43, addressed and thanked those who have served in every capacity, but paid homage to veterans of a particular generation in attendance.
“I’d like to call special attention any veterans of the second World War who are joining us today,” Cichy exclaimed. “You truly are the greatest generation. Your service has made possible and inspired the service of all others in the generations since.”
Cichy went on to address the residual conditions of veterans that have served, and the responsibility we have as a community to care for them.
“There are veterans of all ages who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder developed during combat, as well as depression and other similar conditions. There are those who manage daily with prosthetic limbs. These are lifelong conditions that will always be a struggle, and makes the remembrance of their service all the more important.”
A laying of the wreath took place at the memorial facing Riverside Drive, which was accompanied by a 21-gun salute, performed by the Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
The service then shifted to Old Soldier’s Circle, with an invocation and benediction by Robert Speck, of VFW Post 5436.
“There are soldiers buried here who served in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War,” Speck said. “One soldier buried here was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. We are in the presence of heroes.”
Spectators observed another laying of the wreath at the site, accompanied by a second gun salute by the Veterans Memorial Honor Guard, and a final concluding benediction by Speck.