EUREKA (WEEK) — After COVID forced ceremonies to be scaled back in 2020, organizers of Eureka’s memorial day services said they were more than thankful to be together once again and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
On Monday, things truly were back to Normal in Eureka, the parade started off at 10:30 from the high school. The band was there, along with first responders, horseback riders, and of course, veterans. Master of Ceremonies Dan Harrod said it was great to see Eureka’s commitment to the military back on full display.
“We have for instance, from our high school, two Navy seals that have been speakers here, we have a lot of veterans here, its important, it’s part of America, its why we are America,” said Harrod.
The parade ended at Olio Township Cemetery. There, hundreds gathered for a service to honor the fallen.
“We appreciate what they have done for our liberties, for our constitution and for our freedoms,” added Harrod.
This year’s guest speaker was Jan Holliger, the cemetery’s superintendent. She will soon start her 50th year in that role.
“Actually I’m everything, I’m the sexton, superintendent, secretary and treasurer…there are some very difficult times that these families to go through, but hopefully I’m here to help them through it.” said Holliger.
During her remarks, Holliger told stories of the veterans that lie in rest at Olio Township. While her work deals with honoring all that we have died, veterans have a special place in her heart.
“Our Veterans’ have given their lives, sacrificed time and everything, and we need to tell them and remember that,” she said.