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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 29, 2014
On Memorial Day, Surry remembers ‘the price of liberty is high’

Surry honors the fallen

Lou Tonero plays taps while Ellsworth Area Honor Guard members stand at attention, as Surry, Maine observes Memorial Day on May 26, 2014.

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by Anne Berleant

Veterans and members of the community gathered on Monday, May 26, to remember those who gave their lives for their country.

“Memorial Day belongs to the veterans and families of the fallen,” said Dan Sullivan, Surry resident and captain of the Ellsworth Area VFW honor guard. “We are here to remember that and to honor that.”

He noted the 7,000 American soldiers who have died in Afghanistan, the 10,000 who fell “on a beach in Normandy,” and those who died in battles from Gettysburg to Vietnam.

“The price of liberty is high,” Sullivan said.

Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Steve Bemiss read from “Section Sixty, the Saddest Acre in America,” by poet Del “Abe” Jones. “Once, Comrades in Battle/And now, resting neath that stone/Forever with, those other Heroes/So, they will never be alone.”

Section Sixty is where the war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The honor guard then fired three shots.

“We are not saluting. We are rendering honor,” said Sullivan.

The observance finished with the strains of a lone bugle as Lou Tonero played “Taps.”

“We remember those who gave the full measure of devotion,” ended Sullivan.