So echoed the words of Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte through Veteran’s Park where he spoke at Hawthorne’s Memorial Day observance.

Hawthorne Army Depot Commander Lt. Col. Craig M. Short speaks at the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park on Monday. (Stephen Tool photo)

“In our time of freedom.”

So echoed the words of Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte through Veteran’s Park where he spoke at Hawthorne’s Memorial Day observance.

In our time of freedom, about three dozen citizens of “America’s Patriotic Home” gathered in honor of the slain in battle.

In our time of freedom, bought at the steepest price by our Nation’s fallen, the park’s enormous flag hung at half-mast. 

In our time of freedom, scarcely a breeze rippled the banner, which hung silent, shrouding the intimate surrender of lives for the greater good.

In our time of freedom, Hawthorne Army Depot Commander, Lt. Colonel Craig M. Short, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the VFW, John Stroud and Sheriff Stewart Handte spoke with eloquence and gravity of those whose blood sanctified and made holy the word freedom.

In our time of freedom, the single toll of a bell followed the utterance of the sacred names of the vanquished.

In our time of freedom, we honored the dead with the true immortality of remembrance.