A large crowd of veterans and community members packed under the gazebo at Sylvan Cemetery today in remembrance of the many Americans who lost their lives in combat since the Revolutionary War began in 1775.
“We need to remember why we’re here today,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner, who mentioned in his speech that his son recently retired from the military. “It’s not about barbecues, the Budweisers, and those kinds of things — it’s really about honoring and recognizing and acknowledging those folks who have done so many important things to allow us to do the things we do today.”
Beginning with a procession along the cemetery’s “Avenue of Flags,” the event concluded with a memorial service which featured speeches by Citrus Heights council members, veterans, and city Police Chief Christopher Boyd.
Speakers emphasized remembrance of the sacrifice of soldiers who have lost their lives, and the role the military has played in protecting freedom in America, beginning with the Revolutionary War.
“Americans must remember that freedom isn’t free,” said Paul Reyes, of the Citrus Heights American Legion post. “In fact it’s only possible because our fallen heroes have paid its high price.”