FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Flags adorned Fort Riley’s post cemetery as hundreds gathered this afternoon to honor those who served with the Big Red One and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
From the memories of those who served in World War II, to those recently lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, no soldier or their sacrifice went forgotten.
"With the finishing of the nation’s longest wars, Memorial Day should strike a chord with everybody in the country as a sign of the commitment of our military; the great men and women who make this day possible," said Commanding General Paul Funk. "Giving their lives, the last full measure of devotion, in defense of our freedoms."
During the ceremony Fort Riley officials took the time to recognize Gold Star families in attendance who lost their soldiers over the past year in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I don’t know if I could say it any better than one of them said it to me; that her son always wanted to die for a cause instead of of one," said Governor Sam Brownback. "And he gave his life for a cause, his country, freedoms, safety and security for us."
The ceremony concluded by honoring those fallen with the playing of taps, a 21 gun solute, and the firing of canons.