First-grader Bennett Wilburn, 7, salutes as a recording of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” plays at a Memorial Day event at Blue Ridge Christian School in Bridgewater on Monday. (Photos by Michael Reilly)
Retired Marine Col. Jim Updyke talks to Bennett and other Blue Ridge Christian students about the meaning and history of Memorial Day during the event. As part of a school project, students at the school have written more than 125 letters to American troops overseas, thanking them for their service.
Color Guard members from VFW Post 632 John Cox (left), a Navy veteran; Chris Rexrode, an Army veteran; and Kile Kratzer, a veteran of the Marine Corps, fire a 21-gun salute at a Memorial Day service at South High Street’s World War I cannon and memorial in Harrisonburg on Monday.
American Legion Post 188 member Bill Hamlin, a veteran of the Marine Corps, plays “Taps” at the end of the service.