Ceremony at Woodlawn National Cemetery honors local fallen heroes
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Every year for Memorial Day, we honor our local heroes who are buried at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.
"Memorial Day is all about our fallen soldiers, all about those that gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 803 president, Larry Sherman. "Whether they came home and died or whether they died in battle, they still served and died from their wounds or whatever they received while they were in the service. It's to remember them. It's all about our fallen guys, our brothers."
During the service stories were shared, songs were sung, and a wreath of remembrance was placed. While Memorial Day only comes once a year, it's more than just a day off from work or school. For Elmira Mayor, Dan Mandell, the ceremony is very important.
"It means a lot to the city," said Mandell. "It's up to us to pay respect and homage to those who have passed on. We owe them a debt we can never repay. They gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms in this great nation and this is a very special day within the city of Elmira and I want everybody to recognize that."
The message at this year's ceremony is to continue remembering and honoring our country's heroes every day.
"Anything you can do to reach out and touch a veteran," Sherman said, "help a veteran, that's a way to continue Memorial Day."