Honor & valor

Dozens of people turned out for Saturday afternoon’s Memorial Day service hosted by Pineview Memorial Park. Various speakers took the podium to discuss the importance of honoring veterans, both past and present.

Robert H. Brothers, a veteran of the Korean War and representative of the Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission, highlighted the many sacrifices made by those who served by reciting a speech by founding father John Adams.

”Be it remembered, that liberty must at all hazards be supported,” Brothers recited. “We have a right to it derived from our maker. …

”On this Memorial Day, to those unnamed whom we owe so much, whose gray-white bones are scattered all over the world, may they know Old Glory still waves over the land of the free,” he said.

Later in the event, tears were shed by some in attendance as a list of veterans who have passed away in the past year was read aloud by State Rep. Tom Letson.

“It is a privilege and an honor to acknowledge those that have served their country,” Letson said.

Finally, the event wrapped up with a moment of silence, balloon release and a playing of taps.

American Legion Post 540 led by commander Roger Gardner closed the ceremony by leading a 21-gun salute.

The Packard Band will hold a Memorial Day concert at 3 p.m. today at the Packard Music Hall. Men and women of the armed forces will be recognized.

The Trumbull County Memorial Day Federation will hold a service at 9:30 a.m. Monday with the casting of the wreath upon the water in Perkins Park near the Warren Community Amphitheatre. That will be followed by a service beginning at 10 a.m., and the annual Memorial Day parade will begin approximately at 11:15 a.m. and proceeding from Perkins Park to Oakwood Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held.