Hundreds of flags flew beautifully in the breeze at Park Hill Cemetery during the Memorial Day Service May 29.  For well over 40 years, the program has been an annual tradition for Syracuse community members to gather in remembrance of those who have passed on.
Gerald Neeman was the Master of Ceremonies representing Mid-County Post No. 5547 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pastor Andy DeGolyer delivered the invocation and read the poem “Freedom is not Free.”
A group of S-D-A Middle and High School band members along with music instructors Scott and Katie Morris provided music for the ceremony including a prelude and the Star Spangled Banner.
Girls and Boys State representatives Mitch McWilliams, Ethan Zastera, Ethan Wallman, Madalynne Stubbendick, and Morgan Leefers assisted in the program by reading General Logan’s Orders, the Gettysburg Address, “In Flanders Field,” and “America’s Answer.”
Girls State representative Chloe Moore delivered the keynote address titled “My Responsibility to America: Marching Forward.”  
She challenged the crowd to rise up and proudly take on their civic duties.  
Moore remembered a class assignment from fifth grade that helped develop her own personal sense of patriotism.  The students were given phrases from the Star Spangled Banner and had to put them in order.  
At the time, while doing that assignment, she realized the importance of learning those words and honoring America by doing her part to promote patriotism.
In closing, she said, “To honorable veterans, to fellow students, and to Alexander Hamilton, I say this- Because our soldiers have stood and fallen for our everything, now it is time to firmly plant my feet in the path that those before me have cleared.  I’m just now beginning to find my footing… I’m standing for patriotism and pride and for courage… Join me as we march forward.”
Boy Scout Troop 337 assisted the American Legion Auxiliary and V.F.W Auxiliary in Placement of the Wreaths, the Firing Squad delivered Salute to the Dead followed by “Taps” from Syracuse High School trumpet players.  Pastor Andy DeGolyer closed the ceremonies with the benediction, and all were invited to the Post Home for lunch.