BAMBERG, Germany (May 29, 2013) -- The Bamberg community observed Memorial Day May 23 with a wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember fallen service members.

The U.S. Army Garrison command team, Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias and Command Sgt. Maj. William Funcheon, symbolically placed a wreath at the Warner Conference Center to honor those who have given their lives while defending their country.

On Memorial Day Americans honor the memory of all American service members and civilians who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. All Soldiers and citizens of a free nation owe fallen heroes a debt that can never be fully repaid.

The event was hosted by the garrison and featured participants from many corners of the community. The colors were posted by the Bamberg High School JROTC, the Bamberg High Band performed the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and the Bamberg Elementary School chorus sang a selection of patriotic songs.

Closing the ceremony was a rendition of "Taps" by William Yurek. The simple 24-note tune, played on the bugle has been offered as the final salute to America's fallen since the Civil War.

As many Soldiers and families on post headed off to enjoy a long weekend, they were again reminded of the true reason for the holiday.

"To those of us who wear or have worn the uniform, Memorial Day is much more than a day off," said Bienias. "It is the day we set aside to solemnly remember and pay tribute to those Americans who have willingly made the ultimate sacrifice."