Canton American Legion honors past, present
servicemen during its Memorial Day program
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:27 AM
The Canton American Legion Paul Blegan Post #400 held the Canton Memorial Day program at the Canton Town Hall on Monday.
Randy Newman places the wreath on the memorial in honor of all of the servicemen from the Canton area who served their country. PHOTO BY BARB KERNS/NEWS-RECORD
Community members braved the rainy weather to honor those living and dead who have and are serving our country in the military.
Commander Douglas Marin welcomed those in attendance, opening the program with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Leroy Haynes gave the invocation prayer, sharing his special ties to the day.
Musical selections were performed by the Mabel-Canton Elementary Band, including "America" and "The Star Spangled Banner."
Commander Marin presented the Memorial Day message, sharing a true account of the brave actions of two Marines on April 22, 2008, in Iraq.
Marine told of the unselfish actions of the two young men standing their ground, preventing a truck loaded with 2,000 of explosives from entering a military installation, saving the lives of their brothers by sacrificing their own lives.
Marin went on to say that these types of actions are occurring regularly in the military, just because it is what the military are trained to do as a part of their daily routine.
Following the benediction and retiring of the colors, the group went outside to the military memorial to observe the wreath ceremony and rifle salute.