2016 Memorial Day

From the size of the crowd attending Memorial Day services at Mountain View Cemetery, the significance of this day has not been lost on the denizens of the high desert. The enormous cemetery parking lot could barely contain the number of vehicles, two, three, and four-wheeled that journeyed there to pay homage.

The ceremonies began with the posting of the colors by the MCLB color guard, then fitting recognition given to those who, throughout our long history, have served and fallen in defense of their country, their families, their comrades fighting by their side.

In addition to other local notables, Fort Irwin Garrison Commander Scott Taylor recited a poignant and inspiring litany of those men and women who, from the birth trenches of our nation to the deserts of Afganistan and Iraq, gave their last breath for this great nation and the selfless defense of others.

The ceremonies ended with a gun salute from a Fort Irwin Honor Platoon, the blowing of taps, and a farewell prayer.

At the entrance to Arlington National Cemeter an inscription reads:

The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
The brave and daring few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.

One sincerely hopes that those honored soldiers, sailors, airmen who have endured the ultimate sacrifice will be eternally and indelibly inscribed in our memories and our hearts.