BONO, AR (KAIT)- A Memorial Day service to honor the nation's veterans was held Sunday at the Trinity Church Cemetery near Bono.
A large crowd gathered at the cemetery for the 93rd Annual Homecoming and Memorial Day Service to pay respects to the men and women who fought and died for this country.
The flag was lowered to half-staff and taps played to honor those fallen veterans. Vietnam Veteran George Carney remembers coming to this ceremony as a kid.
"Thank you, because if it wasn't for you we wouldn't be here today and have what we have in this country," he said. "The reason I probably served in the military was because of this memorial service made me realize and appreciate what we, my family, my friends, my country owe to these men that served in the military,"
Carney said his family is buried at this cemetery and long ago he remembers gathering here for to honor local veterans. On Sunday, a large crowd came out to Trinity Cemetery to do just that.
"This event signifies what our country stands for in the freedom and liberties of those that have fallen before us," said State Representative Harold Copenhaver, who delivered the key note address.
The memorial service was conducted by the American Legion and the Craighead County Veterans Honor Guard. The names of those buried within the past year at Trinity Cemetery were also read aloud at the ceremony.
"Memorial day to me is family and we are able to come together as family through picnic, barbecue, and different occasions but the ultimate is to represent those who have given the ultimate sacrifice," Copenhaver said.
And for that, we honor their service.
"We the citizens of Arkansas remember them, we are forever endured to their sacrifice daily and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country in death," he said.
Trinity Church was founded in 1859 and is maintained through monetary donations from friends and relatives of people who are buried at the cemetery.