Memorial Day Ceremony in Roy Honors Fallen Service Members

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/31/22

The Yelm Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the American Legion joined together on Memorial Day to honor those who died defending the United States.

Nearly 30 people attended the memorial service …

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Memorial Day Ceremony in Roy Honors Fallen Service Members

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The Yelm Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the American Legion joined together on Memorial Day to honor those who died defending the United States.

Nearly 30 people attended the memorial service held at the Roy cemetery on Monday, May 30, which had representation spanning from the veterans organizations, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and others.

Yelm’s VFW Commander Frank Persa led the opening remarks.

“What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead. We should guard their graves with sacrifice,” Persa said during the ceremony. “As long as two comrades survive, so will the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the United States. On this day to remember the fallen heroes, we assemble once again to honor the resting place of combat veterans.”

Following commander Persa’s words, a chaplain led those in attendance in a prayer. Emotions ran high, as tears welled in the eyes of several veterans who remembered their fallen brothers and sisters.



After the group prayer, a local scout troop presented the flags at the ceremony, which was followed by a group rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Persa then returned to the microphone, where he introduced members of veteran-support based groups. Each representative laid an object at the base of the flagpole to honor those who have died. Some of the items included a wreath, an American Flag, and a Prisoner of War Missing in Action flag.

“Officers and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars will now pay their respect to the departed comrades,” Persa said. “In doing so, we offer a solemn tribute to all fallen comrades, wherever they may rest.”

The most emotional moments of the day came when a rendition of Taps was played. Taps is a song written in 1862, which is played at funerals of fallen soldiers.

Another Memorial Day event was held at the Yelm Cemetery on Monday, May 30.

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