Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen warriors

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 21, 2014

The city of Troy will pause to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the Memorial Day Ceremony on the grounds of Troy City Hall May 26.

“It’s a very solemn occasion,” said Troy Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart. “We are very thankful and respectful of men and women who serve our country, and (we) appreciate their service.”

Stewart noted that the holiday weekend is very busy for many families, and it marks the opening of the Troy Family Aquatic Center.

“Take a few moments to honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country,” she said.

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Heine, who serves as Marine Corps Liaison at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, is the keynote speaker at the event.

“I agreed to be the keynote speaker at the city of Troy because I want to remind everyone that it is more than a day off,” Heine said.  “It is about all the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this great country and the freedoms we have. Memorial Day, we will honor their memory, their families and the country. I have served 17 years in the Marine Corps and served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. This is a great honor for me to speak about what Memorial Day means to me.”

The one-hour event will include music performed by the Heritage Concert Band of Troy, the dedication of new veteran memorial bricks and the laying of a memorial wreath. The ceremony will conclude with the raising of the colors, a moment of silence and a benediction.

The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. May 26 at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver.