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Camden honors fallen vets at Cedar Cemetery

Posted: May 27, 2014 5:13 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2014 5:00 a.m.

 

For the sixth consecutive year, Camden citizens held a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at Cedars Cemetery on South Campbell Street. The 9:30 a.m. event began with a welcome by organizer Linda Sutton-Dutton.

“We’re celebrating our veterans because they’ve given their lives for the freedom and service of this country,” she said. “Every Memorial Day we have a service and commemoration for the veterans.”

Bishop Thomas C. Bell, pastor of Cathedral of Praise Ministries gave an invocation and commented on the significance of Memorial Day.

“We must understand that anyone who has fallen that we can experience the liberties we experience, we must always give honor and we must always remember that it is because of them and the sacrifices they have made that we share the liberties and the freedom that we have today,” Bell said. “I thank God for every one, even though they’re gone now, thank God we have a memory of someone who was willing to give their lives.”

A color guard from Camden High School’s JROTC presented the flag. Bell led the Pledge of Allegiance and the entire gathering sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Camden Mayor Tony Scully spoke of the history of Memorial Day, which he said was started by African-Americans after the Civil War.

“This is a special cemetery. I looked over what I said last year and I felt much of it bears repeating. Today with our nation at war, we remember our honored dead who died fighting for this country. In Cedars Cemetery there is something more here. There is a nobility here that must be mentioned. Everybody here fought a longer war, a deeper war, a more fundamental war for an America that is different from any other country in the history of the Earth,” Scully said. “A country founded not on tribe, not on military or economic power, but on the ideal of equality and opportunity for all.”

The JROTC unit folded an American flag as Cadet Capt. Kayla Wilson explained the significance of each step in the folding ceremony.

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