Veterans Honor Local Soldiers

<p>Sunnyside Memorial</p>

Sunnyside Memorial

A silent crowd listened to names of soldiers, and the chime of a bell.

30 names of Lower Valley residents who served in the military were read out loud, in a joint memorial ceremony -- men who never received proper military burials.

"Not all veterans were getting military honors, sometimes there were no funerals, sometimes the funerals were delayed for whatever reason," said Sunnyside American Legion Post Commander Greg Schlieve.

The Sunnyside American Legion hosted the event at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza -- a monument dedicated to local veterans.

The memorial service included a trumpet, 21 gun salute, and moment of silence.

Almost 250 names are etched on slabs across the plaza, they're meant to remind people of the soldiers who served during times of war, and that our freedom came at a price.

"We live in a time where we have an abundance of peace and tranquility in our lives," said Schlieve, "There is a reason that we live like this, it's because other veterans in the past that have served in the military and have went forth and served in all manner of ways to keep this freedom alive in America."

"Not all of us are combat veterans, many of us served in posts far from combat," said American Legion State Commander Jim Davidson, "But the point is we served. We need to honor that service, make sure that those veterans are taken care of."