The annual observance of Memorial Day in Berryville drew hundreds of people who gathered to remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served our country. The first taste of summer heat was tempered by a stiff breeze that made for a beautiful afternoon to ponder the gift of freedom and the price that has been paid to secure and retain it.
The Civil War also played a prominent part in this year’s event as the area remembers the Sesquicentennial of the war. John Hudson stood with Abraham Lincoln and recited the Gettysburg Address, one of the most well-known speeches in United States history. Re-enactors also commemorated the efforts and dedication of Buffalo Soldiers who bivouacked in Clarke County before their travels to the New Frontier.
The American Creed was also read aloud. It is the national creed of the United States of America. It was written in 1917 by William Tyler Page as an entry into a patriotic contest and was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives April 3, 1918.
I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
Inspirational music was provided by the Clarke County Band and Chorus.
The event was sponsored and organized by VFW Post 9760 and American Legion Post 41.
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