WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A special remembrance ceremony, filled with veterans and others from across the community, paid respects to those who protect the country’s freedom at the Warren Amphitheatre on Monday morning.
The event kicked off with a casting of the wreath. WYTV Anchor Corban Baker, who is a veteran of the Marines, had the honor of laying the wreath in the river.
The ceremony also included the singing of the National Anthem, recital of the Pledge of Allegiance and a rifle salute and playing of Taps. A parade followed the ceremony.
Honoree Brett Clingan said Memorial Day is an important day to recognize. He talked about why he himself had joined the military.
“When I was a drill sergeant in Virgina, I was sitting there talking one day and I had a light come on and it was, ‘Why are we in the military? For college or to get away from home?’ No, I was in the military to protect and serve,” he said.