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Woodbury Memorial Day ceremony: 'Remember them today'

Members of the Woodbury High School Junior ROTC program present the colors Monday during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
Rock Marcone, a retired army officer and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, speaks Monday at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

Dozens of people attended Monday's Memorial Day services at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial at City Hall.

The keynote address was given by Lt. Col. Rock Marcone, a retired army officer from Hugo.

"We are here as brothers and sister - no rank, no status," he told the group, which included members of the Woodbury VFW Post 9024, the Woodbury High School Junior ROTC program and army recruiters, who laid a wreath in honor fallen soldiers.

Marcone recalled walking a military cemetery, where he looked closely at the markers and considered the sacrifices made.

"I got to thinking that Memorial Day is not about the glory, is not about the medals," he said. "It's about remembering that 17-year-old boy in some God-forsaken place, shot in the gut."

He continued: "As you cook out today, talk to your children about the history of this great country and what it represents."

Marcone, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, called on attendees to reflect on those who died in service.

"Remember them today," he said.

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