The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1913 held its annual Memorial Day Commemoration at Riverside Cemetery this morning, where a fixture of the community and World War II veteran gave the keynote address.
Post 1913 charter member and former Hopkinsville City Councilman Tag Mabry spoke for about 10 minutes, honoring those who died in combat and remembering those who have died in the last year who were members of the local VFW.
Mabry says it took brave soldiers willing to die for their freedom to gain independence and it takes the same thing to keep it.
The price paid has been great over the centuries, but Mabry says the reward has been freedom and prosperity.
The VFW held another ceremony two hours later at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, while ceremonies were also held at Green Hill Memorial Gardens, in Crofton and in Clarksville.