ELGIN — On a sun-splashed Monday morning, a large gathering of families and friends came out to cemeteries to remember America’s fallen heroes and loved ones.
Memorial Day 2010 would be like no other in recent memory. In recent years, unseasonably cool weather and precipitation had cut down on the number of people attending. Not so this year as temperatures rose into the 70s and with it warm sunshine and mild breezes.
It was under those conditions that a large gathering turned out at West Cedar Valley and St. Boniface Cemeteries for the 11 a.m. service.
Guest speaker this year was Father Dan Andrews, pastor of St. Boniface and St. Bonaventure Catholic parishes.
In one of his last official acts before moving on to Norfolk later this month, Andrews gave an inspiring address about freedom and the importance of remembering those who have gone before us.