Without sacrifice, there is no freedom
Memorial Day events in Catasauqua follow a well-trodden path, beginning with a service at Fairview Cemetery, West Catasauqua, and ending with a ceremony on the American Legion Post 215 grounds.
Fairview Cemetery is the resting place for veterans spanning the Revolutionary War to today.
The Memorial Day contingent continues its journey with a stop on the Pine Street Bridge, where a wreath is tossed into the Lehigh River in memory and honor of those who served at sea.
The trek then moves to North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St., for a ceremony and then to Gethsemane Cemetery at St. Mary’s Church.
American Legion Post 215 members finish the day by placing a wreath at their memorial, 330 Second St.
As Memorial Day 2021 ends, we continue to remember those who gave their lives in a fight for our freedom.
Because these men and women served, we embrace their spirit, for without their sacrifice, there can be no freedom - and without freedom, there is no American exceptionalism.
To the faceless throngs that fought in battles, raged the mental anguish of war and are only remembered by their family history, the living offer thanks for their honor on this special day.