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West Virginia National Cemetery Hosts Memorial Day Program

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PRUNTYTOWN -

Memorial Day is a time we remember the men and women who died while serving our country.

Every year, a ceremony is held at the West Virginia National Cemetery to do just that. On Sunday, the ceremony was held for the 26th year.

"Just about everybody buried in this cemetery is a veteran. They need to be honored, and this is the weekend every year. We honor those who have fallen so they didn't die in vain," said Stephen Deakins, who served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Deakins brings his children to the ceremony every year, and said they learn more each year they come.

"This young lady, Alexis, has been here every year but once. She knows more about Memorial Day, she goes back to her school and teaches these other kids," Deakins said.

The ceremony included music from the Taylor County Middle School Band, songs from the All County Chorus, and the presentation of wreaths.

Mary Poe, the director of the West Virginia National Cemetery, said almost 300 people came for the ceremony on Sunday, but the attendance varies from year to year.

"It really depends on if they're local people, you don't have to be a resident of West Virginia to be buried here, so we get people from all over. But it seems like the years where a lot of the intermits have been from residents, of course you get more participation," said Poe.

Poe said she hopes people who come to the ceremony remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

"Everybody is thinking, ‘oh my family is coming into town, lets have a barbeque, lets go do this, lets go do that.' To me, Memorial Day is remembering those young men and women that have sacrificed so that we can walk and be free today, and that's what it's all about," Poe explained.

On Monday, the Memorial Day Parade will be held in Grafton, followed by the 146th Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Grafton National Cemetery.