HEBRON | Twenty white crosses and one Star of David formed the backdrop for the Memorial Day service at the Hebron Cemetery Monday morning.
The white wood markers symbolized all those who have served in the U.S. military but never made it home.
“Everything in the military is always 21,” said Don Fry, American Legion Post 190 outgoing commander.
More than 50 people gathered in the cool wind and intermittent rain to commemorate loved ones and friends, as longtime Hebron resident Betty Klemz placed a ceremonial wreath on one of the markers.
“These flowers lay withered … but the spirit for which they stand will endure until the end of time,” read Mitch Mullins, incoming Legion commander.
Legion officials said they have been hosting the town’s Memorial Day service since 1946, when the first post was formed in Hebron.
“Thank you for coming out on this wonderful day,” said Mullins. “We appreciate the respect you are showing for all of our department fellow comrades.”
Ernest Tomaszewski, of Hebron, watched the ceremony protected from the rain by his newsboy cap. Tomaszewski said he served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean conflict.
“It’s nice that I’m here,” said Tomaszewski. “Someone died so I could be here.”
Daniel and Deanne Lucas’s son David, 18, was one of three Hebron High School trumpeters playing taps in the driving rain.
The Lucases, who come to the ceremony each year, said Memorial Day “means so much.”
“I really love what the United States stands for and I don’t want to see it change,” said Daniel Lucas. “There’s no other place in the world like the United States.