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Remembering fallen soldiers and their families

AsheJROTC_t.jpgBOONE—Memorial Day has many meanings for Americans, said Maury Williams during an observance held May 31 at the Veterans Memorial at Appalachian State University.

Maury Williams_t2.jpgMaury Williams, a major in the U.S. Army, speaks during a Memorial Day observance at Appalachian State University. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

Ashe County High School Junior ROTC.jpgMembers from the Ashe County High School Junior ROTC program prepare the U.S. flag that flies over the Veterans Memorial at Appalachian State University. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

Williams is a 1989 Appalachian State University graduate and a major in the U.S. Army.

“For some, Memorial Day marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer,” he said. “It is my hope that Americans will stop and pay tribute as well as honor those who have gone before us in defense of this great nation and all that we love.”

Williams spoke of two Appalachian graduates who lost their lives in recent years in service to their country: Larry J. Bauguess Jr., a 1993 graduate, and Richard G. Cliff Jr., a 2002 graduate of the university. “We must never forget the sacrifices of these young men nor their families. Time must not dim the glory of their deeds,” Williams said.

Memorial Day is a day that is forgotten by many who have been the beneficiaries of others’ sacrifices, Williams said. “It is good to visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes. It is good to visit memorials. I would like challenge each and every one of us to renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers and orphans of our fallen dead.”

Williams is the former executive officer for the Army ROTC program in the university’s Department of Military Science and Leadership.

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