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Remembering Memorial Day

A statue in downtown San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. The San Angelo community held a ceremony to rededicate the statue to the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

A statue in downtown San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. The San Angelo community held a ceremony to rededicate the statue to the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

A member of the American Legion presents a wreath during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. Various organizations laid wreaths to honor fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

A member of the American Legion presents a wreath during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. Various organizations laid wreaths to honor fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

A member of the Fleet Reserve Association salutes during the playing of “Taps”, at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. During this portion of the ceremony, “Taps” was played to honor a past service member who was born and retired in San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

A member of the Fleet Reserve Association salutes during the playing of “Taps”, at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. During this portion of the ceremony, “Taps” was played to honor a past service member who was born and retired in San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Finlayson, 17th Training Wing vice commander, stands at attention during the singing of the Armed Forces Medley at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. Finlayson was a guest speaker for the ceremony and spoke on the importance of honoring those who died serving the country. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Finlayson, 17th Training Wing vice commander, stands at attention during the singing of the Armed Forces Medley at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, Texas, May 31, 2021. Finlayson was a guest speaker for the ceremony and spoke on the importance of honoring those who died serving the country. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

Community members gathered to honor those who died in defense of our nation during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1815 in San Angelo, May 31.

The ceremony included a wreath-laying, the playing of “Taps”, and honoring Tech. Sgt. Richard Meyers, a past U.S. Air Force veteran who retired and made his home in San Angelo. Meyers died in 2015 due to causes attributed to his service in Vietnam.

Col. James Finlayson, 17th Training Wing vice commander, was the key note speaker at the ceremony.

 “All of us owe a debt of gratitude to those who have fallen in defense of this great nation,” said Finlayson. “Freedom is truly not free and requires the sacrifice of others, for the safety and progress of our nation.”