Memorial Day ceremonies in Waterville

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View of the Waterville Cemetery looking west.

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

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Invocation by Barbara Firoved.

Memorial Day was honored in Waterville with the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies. The service began at 10 a.m. with the theme of “A soldier is free to be a hero. It is courage which gives them honor, and their sacrifice which gives us freedom.”

Co-masters of ceremonies were Jim Bone and Bob Clements. The invocation was given by Barbara Firoved. Music was provide by Ton Petersen and Ken Willms. They played “May the Circle be Unbroken” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”

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Guest Speaker: Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ken Firoved 1968 Waterville graduate.

The guest speaker was retired Lieutenant Colonel Ken Firoved, a 1968 Waterville High School graduate who served in Vietnam. He served in both the Army and the Marine Corps. Firoved now lives in Deer Park. Firoved spoke of the men and women in the military of an extraordinary caliber we ought to never forget. We can never express enough thanks for their sublime courage, to those who served and

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Ken Willms, Jim Bone welcoming everyone to the Memorial Day Ceremonies, Bob Clements.

died.

“Soldiers are placed in harm’s way not wanting to die, but willing to die. They fight for the love of country, our Constitution and its ideals. They and their families pay a terrible price; and we must thank God and love them.”

Following Firoved’s address was the raising of the flag and bringing it to half-staff for our fallen soldiers. This was followed by the firing squad and taps by Byron Herrick. Michael Grande led the closing prayer and benediction.

The Waterville Cemetery was decorated with hundreds of American flags and flowers. The local Girl Scouts troop handed out the Memorial Day programs. Waterville’s Young Life group provided refreshments. Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony, many from out of town who come to this annual event to place flowers on the graves of their loved ones.

 

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Firing squad; Brad Jones, Rodney P. Firoved, Kenny Vogel

 

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Ruth and Bill Heathman with nephew Alan Loebsack at the grave site of Leasebacks’ and Moody’s.

 

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Taps played by bugler Byron Herrick.