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Remembering the fallen

Military veterans and civilians, more than 150 in total, gathered at Woodbury United Methodist Cemetery Monday to remember the fallen on Memorial Day.

The annual event sponsored by American Legion Post 501 and VFW Post 9024 featured welcoming remarks by Woodbury Mayor Bill Hargis, who expressed his gratitude for "those who made the ultimate sacrifice."

"For their efforts we have the freedom to gather together, have differences of opinions and be able to share them in a very civil way," Hargis said.

The keynote speaker for the event was Lt .Col. Sylvia Taylor, and aerospace studies professor at the University of St. Thomas. Taylor is also the commander of the university's Air Force ROTC program. She encouraged attendees to make Memorial Day a meaningful tradition.

"Today we remember the courageous men and women who gave their lives in faithful service to our country," Taylor said. "Today is all about laying wreaths flags and flowers to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. They gave their lives in order for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today.

"So take each memorial day and take your family out and place flags on these heroes final resting places. By bringing our children to these graves to plant these flags we're helping these patriot stories live on."

The Woodbury High School ROTC and Woodbury VFW presented the colors. The Community Brass Band provided musical selections for the event.

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