BG remembers its war dead on Memorial Day

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Greg Robinette, a retired Army colonel, said raising flags and flowers on Memorial Day is a fitting way to honor those who died in the nation’s wars. People also need to do more. Robinette was the marshal of the Memorial Day parade in Bowling Green Monday and delivered the keynote address. “We must be engaged in preserving freedom,” Robinette said in the ceremonies at Oak Grove Cemetery. “We cannot let it be eroded either by apathy or activism or else they would have died in vain.” The best way to honor “the sacrifice by our fallen heroes is by living the freedom they have secured for us.” That can be as simple as voting. It can mean volunteering at churches and schools, to share the history of our country, “and the positive impact hit’s had around the world.” And, he added, “we can pray every day that brave and patriotic women and men will continue to accept the challenge of wearing a military uniform.” More than a million men and women from the American Revolution to Army Green Beret Mark De Alencar, who died fighting in Afghanistan in April, have been killed in the nation’s wars. The war on terrorism, Robinette warned, will not have the clear conclusion of a treaty that other wars have had. Peace may elude the country, and continue for years. The commemoration started under blue skies with temperatures in the 70s with a parade that moved from outside the post office on Washington Street, down Main Street, then up Court and onto the Oak Grove Cemetery. Wreaths were placed…

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