Memorial day events remember the fallen

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Members of the Cannon Air Force Base rifle drill team conduct a rifle volley in honor of fallen service members Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens.

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections staff

Warm morning sun and a gentle breeze greeted the group that gathered
Monday morning to honor fallen service members at Lawn Haven Memorial
Gardens.

“Memorial Day is a day that brings peace and quiet to those saddened
by war,” retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Robertson told the group.

The group of more than 100 was a collection of both young and old
gathered to pay tribute. Veterans in attendance included Bataan Death
March Survivors Buren Johnston and Lee Roach.

Chief Master Sergeant Hector Baez spoke to the crowd about the sacrifices service men and women have made and continue to make.

“Equal tribute needs to be given to all those that are serving
around the world,” said the 27th SOW Mission Support Group
Superintendent.

“Memorial Day is a day of conflicting emotion for each of us…. Let
us revive our patriotism and strengthen our loyalties. Today we share a
common sorrow, but we unite in thanks.”

Baez emphasized the need to not only remember the sacrifices made by
veterans, but to be diligent in recognizing those sacrifices every day.

“May their sacrifices continue to inspire us and fill us with hope all the days of our lives,” he said in closing.

Ceremonies included presenting of the colors, a rifle volley, “Taps,” bagpipes and a fly over by a Cannon AC-130 gunship.

Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the service was the first opportunity the
16th Special Operations Squadron has had since its members began
arriving in April.

Allison said members of the detachment, which will stand up as a
part of the 27th SOW in June, volunteered to help with the ceremony.

“This is the first time they have been able to give to the community,” she said.