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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Memorial Day at fort recognizes sacrifices of the past and present

  • Officials, family members and military personnel all gathered Monday at Fort Leavenworth National Ceremony for the fort’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.


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  • Officials, family members and military personnel all gathered Monday at Fort Leavenworth National Ceremony for the fort’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.
    According to Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., commanding general of the fort who gave an address at the event, for many the day is a time for backyard barbecues, a day off and the signaling of the beginning of summer.
    “However, Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning,” he said.
    That meaning was evidenced in the rows of parallel headstones dotting the grounds.
    “They serve as a somber reminder that we are at war,” he said.
    Caslen also said it was those who have given their lives in conflicts past and present who are the reason for the occasion.
    He encouraged those in attendance to keep those people in mind — as well as the military personnel who are currently deployed, their families and the veterans who have already served.
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