Memorial Day Service Held At Hailey Cemetery
Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )
Hundreds gathered at the Hailey Cemetery to acknowledge the true meaning of Memorial Day, by remembering those who have sacrificed for our country.
Flags were placed at the grave sites of the nearly 400 veterans from Blaine County.
This is the 11th consecutive ceremony and each year, it gets a little bigger.
Event coordinator Maggie Springer notes, "first year we had 9 people who were participants and there were seven people who came and attended and as we've grown with the continued support, over 500 people attend."
This year's theme is “Heaven Was Needing a Hero” and focuses on those who served in the Korean War, also known as the forgotten war."
Event emcee Major Douglas Uphoff explains, "I think it's a great theme. A lot of our veterans serving didn't get the recognition they deserved when they came home so to honor them is great."
The program featured 4 of 5 military branches providing such duties as color guard, flag raiser and firing party.
In addition to musical selections and poem readings, one of the highlights was a flyover.
But to all, the day has one general meaning.
Says Uphoff, "Just to come up here and recognize the people that have sacrificed their lives for us."
Remembering what Memorial Day is all about.
131 Idahoans died in the Korean War, three of whom had ties to Blaine County.