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Despite the Coronavirus, Melanie Cox didn’t let Memorial Day go by without saluting the American soldiers

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The days of the Coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll, and Memorial Day has been no exception.

But Melanie Cox, for the 41st straight year, was there to play her silver trumpet at Prarie Lawn Cemetery playing the National Anthem and Taps. The Wellington American Legion #90 Rifling squad was also there to give the gun salute. And in the end those who were in attendance did what they always did – salute the American soldiers, who fought to make us free.

“People who have served our country, have paid the ultimate sacrifice and I can’t imagine not doing the service today,” Cox said. “It isn’t just those who lost their lives on the battlefield, but those who came back with the post-stress disorder.”

The service was abbreviated, without the featured speaker, the boy scouts raising of the flags, and the ringing of the bell to mark every American conflict. Prairie Lawn Cemetery was without the Avenue of the Flags for the first time since its inception.

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But the spirit of Memorial Day was there. Cox’s abbreviated service that also included the Pledge of Allegiance brought out a good crowd. And the local Cub Scouts putting the small flags was a great added touch. There were also 30 flags flying at the entrance of the Prairie Lawn Cemetery.

Yes, it may have not had the full salute of years past, but 2020 was still indeed a day of remembrance at Wellington’s largest cemetery.

The Color Guard was there for the abbreviated service. (Click to enlarge).

FOR THE FEATURE STORY ON MELANIE COX’S 40-YEARS OF PLAYING THE TRUMPET FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE CLICK HERE.

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