Treasure Valley Memorial Day ceremonies honor the fallen

Posted at 3:38 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 17:38:05-04

Multiple Memorial Day ceremonies honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the Nation on Monday. 

Idaho Civil War Volunteers conducted a grave-side remembrance at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise to honor the nation's soldiers buried in the Gem State. 

Volunteers dressed in Civil War uniforms performed a 21-gun salute and raised a Civil War era flag to pay tribute to fallen soldiers then and now. 

"I just hope the adults that come will bring their children, because so many of the traditions we have are being lost in time, and this is one of the traditions that needs to definitely be carried on," Skip Critell, commander for the Idaho Civil War Volunteers, said. 

Hundreds of small American flags marked veterans' graves at Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa. Boy Scouts and local Young Marines placed the tributes. 

Monday's ceremony included the stories of many of Canyon County's historic military members. 

The ceremony ended with a 21-gun salute to Nampa's heroes who died in battle, including Herbert A. Littleton, a Medal of Honor recipient buried at Kohlerlawn. 

Service members, veterans and the public also gathered at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

This year's ceremony recognized the 100th year commemoration of World War I. 

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, R-Idaho, and Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, paid tribute to all Americans and Idahoans who have given their lives in the line of duty. 

"Memorial day recognizes all American service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, now totaling over 1.3 million soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines," Little said. "This includes 68 Idahoans in uniform who've died since 9/11."

"It is because of them that we are free, that our families are safe and that we prosper as a nation," Labrador said. 

In Eagle, 600 flags fly at Reid Merrill Park. It's the longest running Field of Honor in the country.

"As a mother, to be able to see my children do whatever they want to do and know that it is because of them, this is the least we can do to thank them for it," Heather Paredes, Field of Honor volunteer, said. 

The Field of Honor raised money for Brave Hearts Idaho and all the proceeds go toward helping veterans.