Vt National Guard honors fallen soldiers ahead of Memorial Day

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In a solemn ceremony Thursday afternoon, the Vermont National Guard held its annual Memorial Day observance at Camp Johnson in Colchester.
 
“Serving your country is an honor but giving one’s life to protect our freedoms is honorable to the highest degree,” said Governor Phil Scott.
 
It’s to pay tribute to all the soldiers, airmen, and sailors who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Governor Phil Scott and Brigadier General Gregory Knight laid a ceremonial wreath to honor Vermont’s fallen heroes.
 
“They gave of themselves to provide for others, people they have never met, the opportunity to live free,” said Brig. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont’s Adjutant General.
 
The ceremony also honored Gold Star Families, the relatives of those who never made it back home.
 
“My dad was killed in action in 2004 at Iraq,” said Aly Sheehan of Milton.
 
It’s a particularly hard time of year for Sheehan. Her father, Sergeant Kevin Sheehan, was killed on the 25th of May, which falls around the holiday weekend each year.  
 
“It’s a hard year,” Sheehan said. “I’m graduating high school and it’s sad to think he’s not going to be there.”
 
While Memorial Day marks the first signs of summer for many, Sheehan and Vermont’s leaders want people to take a minute to reflect on why they’re not at work or school.
 
“Enjoy your day, but take a minute to remember that you’re here because people didn’t come home,” Sheehan said.
 
“They served so we don’t have to,” said Governor Phil Scott. “The very least we can do is make sure their place in history is recognized and remembered.”
 
The Fallen Heroes Memorial is open to the public at Camp Johnson.
 

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