MUNCY - America remains the best country in the world.
That's why it's important to continue to mark Memorial Day and visit cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers, said state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy.
Everett, serving as keynote speaker at Muncy's Memorial Day festivities, told those gathered at the west end of the borough cemetery that too often the sacrifices of war veterans are ignored.
People attending Muncy’s Memorial Day services at the borough cemetery seek shelter under trees from the sun. Hot, humid weather was much in evidence throughout the holiday weekend. Cooling temperatures are in the forecast this week.
"It's important that we recognize these folks," said Everett, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel.
Everett reminded everyone that it's not just military personnel who put their lives on the line for America. He recognized those who've served with the FBI, the CIA, border patrol and first responders to the twin towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, when America was attacked by terrorists.
In addition, there were the passengers on Flight 93 who stood up to hijackers that same day to prevent the plane from reaching Washington and causing destruction.
"Freedom is a fragile thing and never more than one generation away from extinction," he said. "I know that you are here to shake the hand of a serviceman."
Rev. Jill V. Seagle, of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, gave the invocation and the benediction.
Muncy High School Band performed during the services.
The Muncy Veterans Rifle Squad fired shots to commemorate departed veterans.
Franklin Herr, of Muncy VFW 3428, sounded taps.
Prior to the service, hundreds of people lined North Main and East Penn streets of the borough to watch the annual Memorial Day Parade.