Irving honored its military deaths Sunday with a Memorial Day service at the Irving Cemetery. Bob Fuenhe, retired Air Force veteran, asked for all "to pause and reflect on just what has been given and sacrificed, so that freedom could ring across this great land" in his address.
He also spoke of his time at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France two years ago at the American cemetery where he participated in the closing ceremonies. He had the opportunity to see the beach and some of the German concrete bunkers. He spoke of the sacrifices the young men made coming ashore in freezing water and into murderous fire. "Many died and many names on the headstones in the cemetery say 'Known only to God,'" he stated.
Next week on June 6 will be the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, he said. "We owe it to the heroes that died and the loved ones left behind, to make sure their sacrifices are remembered and their service to this nation will always be honored."
The annual service started at the Irving United Methodist Church with a march to the Irving Cemetery. Frank Newberry was the flag carrier and led the procession.
Pastor Sue Bryce offered an opening prayer and Linda Warren spoke of the history of Memorial Day to open the ceremony.
Following the singing of God Bless America, Alda Eddington read the Gettysburg Address.
Linda Denton and Linda Warren placed flowers at the graves of the Moncravie brothers, who were killed in World War I, and Miss Esther Schraut. Larry Pickerill read In Flanders Field. Linda Denton introduced speaker Fuenhe and following his address, Pastor Bryce offered the closing prayer. Program coordinator was Janice Galer.