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To remember

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By Walt Reichert

The rain held off for those who gathered at Grove Hill Cemetery Monday to pay tribute to the nation's and the county's war dead.

Col. Roger Green, local VFW commander, who organized the event, noted the appropriateness of the cemetery as a site for the ceremony.

"Every section of this cemetery has a veteran in it," Green said.

The featured speaker was Col. Ron Turner with the Army National Guard, who praised America's war on terrorism.

"Those who marched to war did not do so as conquerors," Turner said. "If we came as conquerors, we wouldn't be paying $5 for gasoline right now. Don't believe everything that comes through that box at night."

As has been the tradition for the past several years, Maj. Art Edinger and the Shelby County High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC presented the colors; Valerie Patton played "Amazing Grace" on the violin and Eddie Puckett, of Louisville, played "Taps."

While Memorial Day celebrations in some places get smaller, several in the crowd noted that the ceremony here has gotten larger over the last several years.

"I can remember when it was just me and 10 other people," one onlooker said.