Hundreds gathered at the 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony in Boise to honor and recognize veterans who have served and died on duty throughout the years.

Many wore stars and stripes as they watched a fly-over tribute from the 124th Fighter Wing. Attendees also listened to guest speakers Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher and Idaho Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder.

“I want this cemetery to not only be a time to mourn and to remember,” said Winder, keynote speaker. “But I want it to be a time where we renew our commitment to serve those that are currently serving.”

In its 16th year, the Idaho Division of Veterans Services has sponsored the ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. The cemetery is made up of more than 75 acres where veterans who have served in various wars rest.

On Monday, a flag was placed at each grave site.

Before the speakers addressed the crowd, a series of organizations — from American Legion Auxiliary to Military Order of the Purple Heart — hung wreaths on easels before the crowd, each a different color, to symbolize their gratitude for those who have served their country.

“I want each of you to remember your loved ones,” Winder said. “We must never forget what our veterans have done and are doing for us.”

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“Therefore I ask you speak aloud the names of your loved ones that have lost their life serving our country — the names of those veterans that are buried here — the names of those family members that are currently serving, asking for their protection as they serve in harms way.”

Winder gave everyone a moment to speak those names.

When Fulcher began serving in the Idaho Senate in 2005, he said Monday, he believed the Americans’ enemy was across seas.

“My belief today is our primary enemy is within,” Fulcher said.

Author: Emily Lowe

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