Veterans who made ultimate sacrifice honored at Memorial Day event

A service honoring the U.S. veterans who have died while serving in the military was held Saturday at Danville Memorial Gardens for of Memorial Day.

A brochure handed out at the event said, “The purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.”

It continued, “A survey of 2,000 Americans revealed just 43% were aware it’s a holiday honoring those who died in service while in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Guest speakers included USAF Brigadier General (ret) Howard Hunt III and Lee Watts, a veteran and volunteer chaplain of the Kentucky General Assembly. Special music was provided by Aprile Hunt and Insco “Sonny” Rue, and Taps was played by Shiann Stratton.

Members of the American Legion Caswell Saufly Post 18 from Stanford presented the Colors and fired a 21-gun salute.

A member of American Legion Caswell Saufley Post 18 carries the American Flag at the opening of the Danville Memorial Gardens Memorial Day event Saturday morning. -Photo by Robin Hart

Members of the American Legion Caswell Saufley Post 18 escort an empty casket that symbolizes an unknown soldier who died during battle at Danville Memorial Gardens Memorial Day ceremony Saturday morning. – Photo by Robin Hart

Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General and Boyle County Judge Executive Howard Hunt, speaks to an audience at Saturday’s Memorial Day event at Danville Memorial Gardens. – Photo by Robin Hart

Members of the American Legion Caswell Saufley Post 18 listen to guest speakers during Saturday’s Memorial Day event – Photo by Robin Hart

Lee Watts, Chaplain of the Kentucky General Assembly is the guest speaker at Saturday’s Memorial Day event at Danville Memorial Gardens. -Photo by Robin Hart

Amanda Stratton and her daughter Searra Stratton listen as their dauther and sister, Shiann Stratton plays Taps. – Photo by Robin Hart

Youth members and others from Hedgeville Baptist Church serve free hotdogs and sides to those who attended the Memorial Day event at Danville Memorial Gardens on Saturday. -Photo by Robin Hart

People who attended Saturday’s Memorial Day event at Danville Memorial Gardens visit with each other following the formal service, despite a light drizzle of rain. -Photo by Robin Hart

Daniel Arnold, of Danville and member of the Patriot Guard, rolls up American Flags following the Memorial Day service on Saturday. – Photo by Robin Hart

Daniel Arnold, of Danville and member of the Patriot Guard, rolls up American Flags following the Memorial Day service on Saturday. – Photo by Robin Hart

A small group gathers at Danville Memorial Garden’s Memorial Day event following special music and speeches to recognize and honor all veterans who died during battles over the generations. Organizers believe the cooler temperatures and drizzles of rain prevented many people from coming out Saturday morning. -Photo by Robin Hart