RIDGWAY--The burden of grief lies heavy this Memorial Day, the national holiday dedicated to remembering the brave men and women who have died and served their country.

As Americans mourn the airmen and women, soldiers, sailors, Air Corps, and Marines who gave the ultimate sacrifice, gatherings will occur all over Elk County. As is done every May, volunteers have placed flags on streets and homes, left wreaths on the graves of the fallen, while some just light a candle in memory of loved ones gone. Each year, there is a public tribute in Ridgway, with flags placed on the graves at cemeteries for veterans across the county, speeches, and the solemn placing of wreaths.

The Ridgway Legion, VFW, and Honor Guard will come together first on the Clarion Bridge at 9 a.m. to honor those lost in the nation's battles on the sea and in the air by tossing a bouquet of flowers into the Clarion River. A small parade will then travel up Main Street to the steps of the Elk County Courthouse for a short ceremony with the traditional playing of Taps and the annual gun salute at the Veteran's Memorial on the grounds of the Courthouse.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend both events, and veterans and current service members are invited to participate in the ceremonies.

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