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Lakeview Cemetery Memorial Day – Cleveland

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Memorial Day Remembrances were held for the 123rd time at the base of the James Garfield Tomb in Lakeview Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2013. The Western Reserve Society’s Willard Color Guard led the procession in.

The Memorial Address was given by Patrick McLaughlin. He highlighted stories of Military sacrifice of the men and families from the Cleveland Area from the Civil War to the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

General James Garfield was the speaker at the first Decoration Day in Arlington Cemetery in 1868. Garfield said, “I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. …. What other spot so fitting for their last resting place as this under the shadow of the Capitol saved by their valor? Here, where the grim edge of battle joined; here, where all the hope and fear and agony of their country centered; here let them rest, asleep on the Nation’s heart, entombed in the Nation’s love!”

The service ended with amazing Grace played on the bagpipes by the Great, Great, Great Grandson of President James Garfield.

The event was well covered by the local media with stories on Fox 8 TV and the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Photos of the Willard Color Guard were highlighted. John Franklin is the commander of the color guard.

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