Highlands honors fallen heroes at Memorial Day ceremony

Highlands American Legion Post 370 and the Town of Highlands held the annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 25 to honor those who gave their lives in service to this country at the Memorial Walkway in front of the Highlands Police Department. The ceremony was to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

American Legion Post 370 Commander Ed McCloskey speaks at the Memorial Day ceremony in Highlands.

Post Commander Ed McCloskey said no soldier goes unloved, walks alone, or is forgotten until they all come home.

“Today, American Legion Post 370, in conjunction with the Town of Highlands, honors not only those whose bodies consecrate our soil, but also those who sleep beyond the seas and in soils of other countries where they fell,” said McCloskey. “And with the dedication of these bricks (Memorial Walkway), we honor those who gave their last measure, those who served and returned, and those who are serving now. Your presence is a tribute to all who served. Because of them, our lives are free and our nation lives.”

Town of Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor addresses a crowd of gathered veterans on Memorial Day at the Highlands Police Department.

Town of Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor spoke and called Memorial Day a somber event.

Members of American Legion Post 370 raise a flag at the Memorial Day ceremony in Highlands.

“It’s a somber day of remembrance to show gratitude for fallen heroes of American Wars here and abroad,” said Taylor.

Several veterans attended the ceremony to honor fallen soldiers.

He added that people can show tribute to fallen soldiers’ deeds and sacrifices through their daily actions.

“This is a somber time to reflect and dedicate our lives to being better citizens and care for one another to help this republic move forward,” said Taylor. “Put actions into making sure our country is free and safe and do everything we can to honor their sacrifice.”

Veterans stood in salute as the flag was raised at the Memorial Day ceremony in Highlands.

The Memorial Walkway at the Highlands Police Department with bricks inscribed with the names of fallen soldiers.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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