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Memorial Day VFW ceremony honors those lost in service to their country

The Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 held a Memorial Day Service at Fir Hill/Scandinavian Cemetery on University Avenue on Monday, May 30. POST PHOTO: ERIK KELLAR - An attendee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 Memorial Day service at Fir Hill/Scandinavian Cemetery on Monday, May 30, walks past a row of crosses bearing the names of veterans who served the United States. The flags flying in the aisle are casket flags of deceased veterans.

The ceremony drew about 75 attendees who paused to honor and remember those who gave their lives in military service to the United States. Senior Vice Commander Allen Anderson led the half-hour service, which included a special prayer for the fallen and their families by VFW Chaplain Jim Mitchell. POST PHOTO: ERIK KELLAR - Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 Chaplain Jim Mitchell salutes the grave of United States Navy and Korean War Veteran Alan L. Gunderson, who was a past commander for the post.

VFW Post 4273 leaders also placed a wreath and flowers on the grave of United States Navy and Korean War Veteran Alan L. Gunderson, who was a past commander for the post. POST PHOTO: ERIK KELLAR - Attendees of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 Memorial Day service at Fir Hill/Scandinavian Cemetery on Monday, May 30, walk past the row of casket flags of deceased veterans. The service drew about 75 attendees.  POST PHOTO: ERIK KELLAR - Attendees listen to Senior Vice Commander Allen Anderson of Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 as he leads a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30, at Fir Hill/Scandinavian Cemetery. Of those who died while serving, Anderson said they loved their families, their friends and their countries. POST PHOTO: ERIK KELLAR - Afghanistan veteran Steven Kelly Hendon tidies the grave of Sergeant Gustav A. Johnson, an Air Force veteran who died in 1925, after the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 Memorial Day Service at Fir Hill/Scandinavian Cemetery on Monday, May 30.  POST PHOTO: ERIK KELLAR - Bugler Dean Bowker plays Taps at the conclusion of the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 Memorial Day Service at Fir Hill/Scandinavian Cemetery on Monday, May 30.