In a solemn ceremony Thursday afternoon, the Vermont National Guard honored fallen service members at Camp Johnson ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.
Governor Phil Scott and Major General Steven Cray addressed the crowd, and laid a ceremonial wreath to honor Vermonters who lost their lives in our nation’s service.
Gold Star families and relatives of those who have died in battle were also recognized.
While many people see Memorial Day as the start of summer, Cray says it has a different meaning to those who have served.
“To me, this Memorial Day weekend is about reconciliation. It’s about coming together to honor those who gave their all,” he said. “To find peace in their memory and never forget they served a calling bigger than themselves. They served and died to protect the freedom of those they cared most about.”
The Fallen Heroes Memorial is open to the public at Camp Johnson.