The Memorial Day parade was the first sign that community life in Richfield is returning, following two years of near closure because of the pandemic.
The parade reminded us that some people never returned to their homes after giving their life for our country. Those veterans were respectfully honored by all who stood along the parade route, led by the AMVETS and the Revere Schools marching band.
Mayor Michael Wheeler, in his opening comments at West Richfield Cemetery, said he was pleased that the community could bring back the ceremony to recognize those who served our country, especially those injured and killed.
Captain Shawn Isabelle was the guest speaker. He served 39 years in the Navy and was deployed ten times. He now is grateful to be home in Ohio.
He said over 1.3 million have died in service to our country. “If we remember those who are gone, they live again,” he said.
Veterans of all of the military branches were asked to stand forward as the Revere band played the anthem for each branch. Two members of the band played taps, and AMVETS gave a 21-gun solute. Military planes flew over the congregation as the ceremony was ending. ∞