Community members gathered at
Spring Grove Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives
during the Civil War.
The Sons of Union Veterans
were joined by a Civil War reenactment group in the Civil War historic section
of the cemetery.
"It's important to remember
how we became our country and who we are today," Tyler Sullivan said.
Sullivan is the youngest of
the 6th Ohio Volunteer infantry, a local Civil War Reenactment
"My grandfather, the captain,
he teaches me a lot more about [the war]," Tyler explained.
For many attendees, the volunteer
infantry added a layer of understanding to an often forgotten history
"In a book you don't get the
visual effect of how everything happened," Sullivan explained.
"You hear and you imagine how
things must have gone back then," one young boy echoed.
Following the ceremony, young
and old placed petals on the graves of union soldiers recognizing the
sacrifices a century and a half ago that prompted the Memorial Day holiday.
"I want [my daughter] to
remember that and respect that and remember the many people who came before her
that sacrificed everything to make sure that she could grow up in this
country," Eric Brown said.
Brown has served in the
military for 12 years and says the gravestones remind him of the legacy he has
to live up to.
"A lot of people came before
me and wore this uniform and it's good to remember them, honor them, and carry
that torch forward," he said.
"Parents are bringing their
children because they understand they truly need to learn these lessons,"
offered Denny Brown of the Sons of Union Veterans.
For many, the events at
Spring Grove provided an opportunity to meditate on the meaning of the holiday.
"Be thankful," Brown urged.
"Be thankful where you were born and where you grew up at. Nowhere else in the
world do you have the kind of freedom and opportunity you have here."
"Remember your ancestors,"
echoed Sullivan. "Remember them as much as possible so you can remember
how they shaped our country."