Solemn faces congregated amid sunlit headstones Monday morning at Lexington Cemetery to pay tribute to men and women in uniform.
As active and retired members of the military stood at attention, a six-man Honor Guard unit raised the American flag to half-staff, commencing Memorial Day ceremonies at Lexington National Cemetery.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Kovacic, the ceremony's chief speaker, led off his commemoration by stressing the importance of remembering the fallen and those who have served. "The spent brass from the 21-gun salute," he noted, "is a receipt that the price of freedom has been paid."
After the speech, Amazing Grace was sung by Carolina Fernandez, accompanied on harmonica by a member of the American Legion Man o' War Post.
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The Honor Guard closed the ceremonies with an honorary 21-gun salute, forging a veil of black smoke across a lone trumpeter who piped out taps to saluting attendants.
"All these guys that are here," said Kovacic, pointing to the marble headstones, "we thank those that are still breathing, but it's all about these guys right here."