ELKINS - More than 100 area residents took a break from their cookouts and holiday activities to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America.
The American Legion hosted a ceremony Monday afternoon to honor fallen soldiers at the All-Veterans Memorial in Elkins. The event included the presentation of colors, the placement of memorial wreaths, the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" by students of the Highland Adventist School and featured guest speaker, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton.
Broughton opened his speech by thanking the "hometown heroes" in attendance for their service and sacrifices.
"I am honored, as mayor of this great city, to have the privilege to speak before our hometown heroes that have been faithful to sacrifice your time and life for the freedom of our great country," Broughton said.
"There have been many that served in times of war that have memories that cannot even be spoken out loud. We thank you today, no matter what your service was, whether it be in time of peace or war," he added. "We appreciate you, and pray for the healing of your mind and heart that your today and your future will be one of great peace and joy."
Broughton closed with a prayer and also urged everyone in attendance to take a moment to be thankful for the service of fallen soldiers.
"We appreciate this Memorial Day Service as a time to pause and be thankful for the service of our fallen and wounded military. Please bow your hearts and your heads in honor of these great servants for our country," Broughton said. "God bless you and thank you for this great privilege to share my heart, and may God continue to bless America."
The event featured representation by members of the American Legion Post 29, Marine Corps League Detachment 956, Elkins VFW Post 3647, Coalton VFW Post 5583 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 812.