Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Picnics, parades and graveside ceremonies marked this Memorial Day in Central New York. Eastwood, Camillus, Chittenango and several other local communities held marches to remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
It’s a scene that was repeated across America Monday – people holding flags, wearing uniforms and remembering. As the saying goes: Freedom really isn’t free, and on Memorial Day many take a moment to pay tribute to those who fought and those who continue to fight for our county.
Memorial Day holds an extra special meaning in places like Chittenango, where they've experienced the pain that comes with the ultimate sacrifice.
Chittenango is Sergeant Ed Bolen’s hometown. Bolen was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Bolen’s name was on the minds of many as they paid their respects and remembered on Monday.
Bolen’s death is a stark reminder this Memorial Day that not all deaths during wartime happened a long time ago. It’s a reminder that, almost on a daily basis, we continue to see the casualties of war – a high price to pay for our country’s freedom.
While most Memorial Day ceremonies took place on Monday, the village of Baldwinsville will hold its parade on Wednesday evening.