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A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Buford Mabry Park Sumter, S.C., May 26, 2014. More than 150 people to include Team Shaw members and their families, attended the ceremony to remember those who have given their lives serving in the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/released)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Team Shaw members along with veterans and their families attended the hour-long ceremony to remember those lost in the line of military duty.

“It is an honor to be here,” said Col William Jones, 20th Fighter Wing vice commander. “It’s important to remember and acknowledge the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have gone before us and those that are currently serving today.”

During the ceremony several military customs were taken part in, to include the presentation of the colors, raising of the colors, a 3-volley rifle salute and the playing of taps.

Guest speaker retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. William Holland spoke about prisoners of war, those missing in action, the fallen men and women of the armed services, along with the families they left behind.

“I served with a lot of good guys in Vietnam,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Curtis Jones. “We can’t just forget about them.”

As the late Abraham Lincoln once said, “A Nation that does not honor its Veterans, is no long a Nation.”


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This work, Sumter holds Memorial Day Ceremony, by A1C Jensen Stidham, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.25.2014

Date Posted:06.25.2014 10:36

Location:SUMTER, SC, USGlobe

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