Trailmen joined parishoners of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the surrounding area at St. Barbara’s for a Memorial Day Mass. Trailmen assisted during the Mass at the altar and by battling the wind’s attempts to raise the canopys shielding the congregation from the Sun. In attendace were veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq War. Everyone appreciated the homily which touch upon hope, the confident desire of obtaining everlasting life, and the love expresed by those who died for our freedoms.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Jn 15:13
Mass was concluded with “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and the prayer, “Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!” Afterwards the Trailmen followed the priest bless the cemetery and veteran’s tombstones with holy water, put the canopies and chairs away, and spent time pondering the sacrifice of the veterans buried at St. Barbara’s from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and the Vietnam War. The cemetery looked well kept in part due to the earlier efforts of the Trailmen.
The heroes who rest in these hallowed fields — in the cemeteries, battlefields, and burial grounds near and far — are drawn from the full tapestry of American life. They came from every generation, from towering cities and windswept prairies, from privilege and from poverty. They were generals and privates, captains and corporals, of every race, color, and of every creed. But they were all brothers and sisters in arms. And they were all united then, as they are united now forever, by their undying love of our great country.
Theirs was a love more deep and more pure than most will ever know. It was a love that willed them up mountains, through deserts, across oceans, and into enemy camps and unknown dangers. They marched into hell so that America could know the blessings of peace. They died so that freedom could live.
President’s Speech on Memorial Day