JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Each year on the last Monday of May the U.S. dedicates a day to commemorate those who gave their lives in defense of the nation.
The day is Memorial Day, and to pay homage to the nations fallen heroes, Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council and Mountain View Crematory held a ceremony at the Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory, May 26.
It is an honor to be here participating in this event to pay respect to the fallen, said Sgt. Victor Sharp, a military police NCO with 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. I lost some of my friends to combat and I am thankful to be able to have a day in honor of their remembrance.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park is a joint memorial crematory, with monuments to Gen. John M.D. Shalikashvili and Master Sgt. Llewellyn M. Chilson in the Garden of Honor, which is the newest section dedicated to veterans.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Lt. Col. Kevin D. Bouren of 7th Infantry Division on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
I am proud to be a member of our armed forces and to be here today to help pay tribute to the many men and women who sacrificed their lives to help keep our great nation safe, Bouren said.
The ceremony included the presentation of a wreath to the fallen, a duet from Caitlin Baranko and Kai Vik, and a three-volley salute provided by Soldiers from 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Honor Guard.
The ceremony ended with a release of white doves to symbolize the spirit of the nations fallen, to rise and live on forever.
Thank you for your presence today and may we humble ourselves before Almighty God and thank him for blessing this great nation and for allowing us to come together to show our appreciation to the fallen for their bravery, Bouren said.
PHOTO by Staff Sgt. Kevin Frazier
The Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council and 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. color guards prepare to present the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory in Lakewood, May 26.