• Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, speaks at a memorial ceremony at Andover Lake Park in Andover, Ill., June 8. The service is an annual event where community members honor the veterans from the Andover area. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs)

    Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment...

    Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, speaks at a memorial ceremony at Andover Lake Park in Andover, Ill., June 8. The service is an annual event where community members honor the veterans from...

  • American Legion Post 465 commander, Millard Lindberg, pulls a yellow rose from a bouquet and places it at a memorial stone at Andover Lake Park, Andover, Ill., June 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs)

    American Legion Post 465 commander, Millard...

    American Legion Post 465 commander, Millard Lindberg, pulls a yellow rose from a bouquet and places it at a memorial stone at Andover Lake Park, Andover, Ill., June 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs)

  • American Legion Post 465 commander, Millard Lindberg, honors veterans from the Andover, Ill., area with a salute after laying  a wreath at the city's memorial site at a ceremony in Andover, June 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs)

    American Legion Post 465 commander, Millard...

    American Legion Post 465 commander, Millard Lindberg, honors veterans from the Andover, Ill., area with a salute after laying a wreath at the city's memorial site at a ceremony in Andover, June 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public...

  • Members of American Legion Post 465 render honors during a memorial ceremony in Andover, Ill., June 8. Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, was the keynote speaker. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs)

    Members of American Legion Post 465 render...

    Members of American Legion Post 465 render honors during a memorial ceremony in Andover, Ill., June 8. Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, was the keynote speaker. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class...

  • Master of ceremonies and American Legion Post 465 member, Dan Swanson, introduces Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, during a memorial ceremony in Andover, Ill., June 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs)

    Master of ceremonies and American Legion Post...

    Master of ceremonies and American Legion Post 465 member, Dan Swanson, introduces Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, during a memorial ceremony in Andover, Ill., June 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st...

ANDOVER, Ill. -- Once a year, citizens of Andover, Ill., formally congregate at the lake in town and remember those who served their country in defense of the nation.

The "Salute to Veterans" ceremony was held at Andover Lake Park, June 8, next to three memorials with veterans' names etched in them.

Andover is a town of 578 people located about 30 minutes southeast of Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. It was founded in 1835.

The road leading up to the park was lined with American flags.

Lt. Col. Frank Gilbertson, Army Sustainment Command deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, spoke about the honor in serving and the importance of never forgetting the sacrifices made.

"Today, Andover is dedicating a monument to all those who served in America's involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and have taken part in the War on Terror that began when our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001," said Gilbertson.

The ceremony included bagpipe music and the singing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic as event organizer and American Legion Post 465 member, Dan Swanson, read the names listed on the memorials. Family members placed a single yellow rose on the memorial when their loved one's name was called.

The ASC color guard posted and retired the American flag and American Legion Post 465 provided the honor salute.

"It is an honor to be asked to support these events," said Staff Sgt. Gene Lucas, ASC chaplain assistant and member of the color guard. "It is important that we remember those who came before us."

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