DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah -- A Boy Scout color guard and a lone bagpiper led a large crowd as they marched from the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City to the Fort Douglas Cemetery to honor fallen members of the Armed Forces.
Col. Sean Kirschner, Dugway Proving Ground commander, spoke at the Fort Douglas ceremony held Monday, May 30.
"We have a duty to remember the individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members so that we can begin to understand what we have lost and what the stakes are for our service members and their families," Kirschner said.
Kirschner spoke of an obligation and an opportunity for each person in attendance.
"Our obligation is to give voice to the fallen, honor them and share their stories of sacrifice and heroism, whether they died on foreign lands in the heat of battle or after a lifetime in the uniforms of our Armed forces," he said.
"Our opportunity is to use this day to inspire new generations to recognize the freedom they have been given," Kirschner said. "They must know how and why it is theirs and dedicate themselves to passing it on to generations unborn."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, from Utah, also attended and spoke at the service. The program also included a wreath laying, the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute.