STOW - President of Stow City Council James Costello reminded everyone at Thursday’s council meeting to “take a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms that you enjoy.”
Costello was the master of ceremonies on Monday at Stow’s Memorial Day ceremony at Stow Cemetery.
“It is a great honor for us to remember those who have passed, those we have served with and those who are still serving,” Costello said.
The ceremony honored veterans with singing of patriotic hymns including “God Bless America.” The Boy Scouts passed out American flags to all veterans in attendance.
In his address to veterans and Stow residents George Fisher, commander of Acker Moore American Legion Post 175, said, “since the first shots were fired in Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War, over 1,000,000 Americans have died in defense of our liberty and freedom.”
“In peacetime and in war, these Americans answered our nations call and defended our American way of life,” he said. “ In honoring them today we recognize their dedication, courage and sacrifice. We also celebrate the freedom they gave us … These were people, much the same as we are. They had the same dreams, hopes and ambitions but when called upon they put aside their personal interests and answered a higher calling.”
The ceremony was significant for people like Susan Allhouse.
Allhouse has many connections to the military through her family. Her mother and father both served and her sister is in the Navy.
“It was very moving and very rememberable,” Stow resident Allhouse said. “ It is touching.”
“It means a lot to know that my Dad was in the American Leigon,” she said. “He used to carry the flag. My oldest son is an Eagle Scout and participates in the ceremonies here and my youngest son is in the band.”
“Every year the City of Stow does a nice job of honoring the veterans who lost their lives and I think for the families of those soldiers it’s important because they know how much our community cares and remembers that we honor their loved ones every year,” Mayor Sara Drew said. “ I hope that it brings them some comfort, and I hope the veterans who were in the crowd today know how much the City of Stow respects them and appreciates their service.
Lt. David Rylander was one of the many fallen veterans honored at the ceremony. His family was not in attendance at the ceremony. Stow City officials had reported seeing them around the community over the weekend and said they were having a difficult time.
“I appreciate his service, their dedication. It will take awhile. It too shall pass, and I appreciate everything that they are going through,” Costello said.