PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) – As the sun went down on Memorial Day, residents of Prattville gathered for a special ceremony to remember those who lost the war.
“It’s so important to us. It’s our responsibility to keep their memory alive,” said Julianne Hansen, founder of Alabama Poppy Project. there deliberately by someone who wants to remember these people.”
As they were gathered around more than 2,000 red ceramic poppies, a color guard presentation was held in the Heritage Park.
Several Revolutionary War re-enactors and bikers were in attendance, while the song “Taps” was played aloud.
“We’re here to support, to honor all the veterans who didn’t make it home,” said David Rogers, one of the supporting bikers. “That’s what Memorial Day is. It’s not barbecues and beers. It is about remembering all our brothers who did not return home.
It is a sacrifice that can never be repaid.
“Our country wouldn’t be where we are today without their sacrifice,” said Eric Mollus. “So we owe them a lot, and the bravery they showed, the courage, but also the ultimate sacrifice: their lives.”
The ceremony was affiliated with the Alabama Poppy Project, which will remain on display in Prattville through Saturday.
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