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Guest Speaker Connie Cavaletto reads the poem 'The Brave Ones'

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Large Crowd Gathers For Memorial Day Program In Salem

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A large crowd remembered the veterans at a Memorial Day Service held at East Lawn Cemetery in Salem Monday afternoon.  

Guest Speaker State Representative John Cavaletto was unable to attend because the legislature was called back into session. His wife, Connie, filled in.  After thanking the veterans for all their sacrifices she read a poem written by her grand daughter Rachel Cavaletto called the Brave Ones.

"You're not my God, but you've saved countless lives

You're not my mother, but you brought me life

You're not my father, but you protected me as your own

You're not my destiny, but you made my future possible

You're not superman, but you saved me from burning

You're not a genius, but you outsmarted the enemy

You didn't have to do this, but you willingly sacrificed yourself

You didn't even know my name, but you risked your life

You're moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas

You're someone's loved one, you're someone's everything, you're the reason we're here today

Soldiers, heroes, Veterans, the bravest people you will ever know."

The Reverend Calvin Jean provided the invocation and asked those in attendance to remember those who have served and continue to serve in the cause of freedom of all people.  "God we ask that you would lift the hearts of those of whom this holiday is not just a diversion, but a painful memory and a continued deprivation.  We pause on this Memorial Day a brief moment in time to bring close to our hearts those memories we hold so dear of the men and women who unselfishly put their dreams and their lives on the line.  They fall for our land, they fall for our freedom, so we may stand here today," said Jean. 

Jean also prayed that those in the Armed Forces would be supplied the courage to face another day and asked that they be held in strong arms.  

The Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance and also raised the U.S. flags at the Veterans Memorial during the playing of Taps and Amazing Grace.  The Selmaville Grade School Band and Hanna Lowery provided the music while Satiebre Stevenson sung the National Anthem.   

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