The program, sponsored by the city and the Roswell Rotary Club, honored the men and women who died in military service. The back of the city hall building, opposite the Faces of War Memorial, was draped with a large American flag, while many in the crowd waved miniature American flags and dressed in red, white and blue to show their patriotism.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, reminded the audience to never forget those who fought to protect their liberties and to keep Americans safe. He took time out to name the five soldiers from Georgia who died in service since last Memorial Day and the four Americans who were killed in Benghazi, Libya, last September.
The program’s guest speaker, First Lt. Charles Shepherd Jr., a 90-year-old World War II veteran, reflected on some of the men he witnessed lose their lives in battle.
“[There were] quite a few people that I saw die. None of them were pretty sights,” he said.
Shepherd talked about a time when two L-5 artillery observation planes were sent to drop blood plasma to his location to aid some severely wounded soldiers who were with him.
“[The planes] ran together and crashed,” he said. “Four men on those two planes were killed. Those were the first men I saw killed.”
In addition to Shepherd’s keynote address, the Memorial Day program included patriotic music, a laying of the wreath ceremony, and tributes to each branch of the U. S. Armed Forces and those who were prisoners of war or missing in action. Audience members also had the opportunity to go to the podium and reflect on those they honor during the holiday.