Locals honored those who have given their lives in service to our country at Memorial Day services across Rome and Floyd County on Monday.

The Exchange Club of Rome’s annual Memorial Day event culminated with a ceremony at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds in Rome, for which Colonel David S. Hubner, US Army (retired), was the keynote speaker. John Fortune, active member of that club’s Americanism Committee, asserts that there was a great turnout of individuals on hand to honor the fallen.

Fortune indicates that while Memorial Day is a somber occasion, the soldiers who have given their lives on the battlefield would have wanted Americans to enjoy themselves during the holiday weekend – it was for such freedoms that they died.

Monday’s ceremony highlighted the three-day Memorial Day event up at the Fairgrounds, which also featured a wealth of military displays to include the Exchange Club’s replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Local events to honor the fallen also included a Memorial Day service out in Shannon on Monday.