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Forever honored, Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery

By Staff Sgt. Brian Kester | Marine Corps Base Quantico | May 27, 2013

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Rifle bearers from the Marine Corps Base Quantico Ceremonial Platoon stand at ceremonial at ease during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

Rifle bearers from the Marine Corps Base Quantico Ceremonial Platoon stand at ceremonial at ease during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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A trombonist with the Quantico Marine Band plays “God Bless America” during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

A trombonist with the Quantico Marine Band plays “God Bless America” during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines salute during the national anthem at the start of the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines salute during the national anthem at the start of the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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A trombonist with the Quantico Marine Band plays “God Bless America” during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

A trombonist with the Quantico Marine Band plays “God Bless America” during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Corporal Daniel Musgrove, a member of the flag detail, Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon, stands ready to hoist the national ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

Corporal Daniel Musgrove, a member of the flag detail, Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon, stands ready to hoist the national ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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The Marine Corps Base Quantico color guard move to position after marching on the colors during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013.  The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

The Marine Corps Base Quantico color guard move to position after marching on the colors during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Corporal Steven McElfresh, rifle line noncommissioned officer, executes order sword during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

Corporal Steven McElfresh, rifle line noncommissioned officer, executes order sword during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines stand ready to hoist the national ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013.  The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines stand ready to hoist the national ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Rifle bearers from the Marine Corps Base Quantico Ceremonial Platoon stand at ceremonial at ease during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

Rifle bearers from the Marine Corps Base Quantico Ceremonial Platoon stand at ceremonial at ease during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines stand ready to hoist the national ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines stand ready to hoist the national ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Lance Cpl. Michael Noyes, a rifle bearer with Marine Corps Base Quantico’s ceremonial platoon, stands guard over a rifle stack prior to the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

Lance Cpl. Michael Noyes, a rifle bearer with Marine Corps Base Quantico’s ceremonial platoon, stands guard over a rifle stack prior to the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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(Left to right) Steven E. Fezler, Quantico National Cemetery director, Betty Moseley Brown, associate director of the Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans, Col. David Maxwell, , Marine Corps Base Quantico, commander and John Hess, American Legion Post 290, Potomac Region Veterans Council officer in charge, carry a wreath commemorating fallen service members during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

(Left to right) Steven E. Fezler, Quantico National Cemetery director, Betty Moseley Brown, associate director of the Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans, Col. David Maxwell, , Marine Corps Base Quantico, commander and John Hess, American Legion Post 290, Potomac Region Veterans Council officer in charge, carry a wreath commemorating fallen service members during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Members of the National Sojourners, Quantico Chapter No. 44, carry the National Ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

Members of the National Sojourners, Quantico Chapter No. 44, carry the National Ensign during the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Master Sgt. J.S. Santoya, Marine Corps Base Quantico operations chief, oversees the formation of troops prior to the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013.The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members.

Master Sgt. J.S. Santoya, Marine Corps Base Quantico operations chief, oversees the formation of troops prior to the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013.The event has been held for 30 years, paying homage fallen service members. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines stand at parade rest prior to the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.

Marine Corps Base Quantico ceremonial platoon Marines stand at parade rest prior to the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013. The day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kester)


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QUANTICO NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. --

The Potomac Region Veterans Council paid tribute to the fallen during a Memorial Day Ceremony held at Quantico National Cemetery on May 27, 2013.

The day’s theme was honed by the guest speaker, Betty Moseley Brown, associate director of the Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans, who said, "For 229 years now, in defining moments of both calm and crisis, Americans in uniform have realized our most fervent hopes and vanquished our darkest and most terrible fears through their noble actions. Across this hallowed ground, among the broad lawns and white regimented stones, we find more than the traces of heroes. We feel more than a reverence for those lost.

"Here, we confront the awesome truth; here Americans lie forever still, and forever honored, because they - like their brothers and sisters in arms before them - assumed the heavy burden of supporting freedom for their countrymen and, in some cases, for the people of other nations."

Brown went on to say that they did not fail us, so we must not fail them, which is why Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is set aside to commemorate their service and sacrifice.


Correspondent: brian.kester@usmc.mil



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