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Honoring those who paid the ultimate price
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Veterans stand at attention as the wars in which they served are called out during the community Memorial Day observance Monday evening at Veterans Park in Springfield. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

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Community members gathered to remember those who have died serving in the armed forces Monday at Veterans Park.

“At this time we are honoring those who served, remembering those who gave it all and the families that they left behind,” said Guyton Mayor Michael Garvin. “It is a pleasure that I am here to welcome you here to take part in this Memorial Day service.”

Master of ceremonies Lamar Crosby said they were at the park to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

“We also want to recognize those who have served, and returned home, and are here as part of our ceremony,” Crosby said.

Crosby, a Vietnam War veteran, asked all the veterans who have served to stand as he mentioned the war beginning with World War II continuing to those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lawton Nease Jr. called the roll of those from Effingham who were killed in action since the Revolutionary War.

Joshua Sharp read a bible verse as an introduction to singing by Susan Hartzog and Kelly Sharp from First Baptist Church of Springfield.

“What are the ancient words,” Hartzog said. “We the people come to form a more perfect union, establish justice and tranquility to ourselves, and to our posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States.

“Or the words of Jesus, what greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his friends,” she said. “Today we’re here to honor those who have lain down their lives for us who they never knew.”

Hartzog asked those in attendance to sing “God Bless America” with her.

The service ended with the playing of “Taps” and the retiring of the colors presented by Effingham County High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC.