Letters to the editor: Service was memorable

To the Journal editor:

I would like to say thank you to everyone who made the Memorial Day Remembrance Service at Holy Cross Cemetery such a moving experience and lovely tribute to our veterans.

The presence of both young and old was wonderful to see. Thank you to the Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops that assisted with raising the flag and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Thank you to the young woman from the VFW who proudly sang the National Anthem and “God Bless America,” you sang them with dignity, respect and have a lovely voice!

Thank you to all who participated in laying of the wreaths for those we have lost. It was especially moving to have the veterans from D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. As I thanked them for being there and for their service, one particular veteran brought me to tears.

He was clearly touched by everyone’s enthusiasm and appreciation for their presence and their service to our country. I would also like to thank Eva and Natalie, the two young girls that were hugging each of the veterans to let them know they were appreciated.

These young girls let me know that their grandfathers served in the Army and the Navy. They gave me a hug too as I started to cry remembering my own Dad, Dennis Bernier, who passed in 2012.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was my hero. While his U.S. Navy service was honorable, he was a hero mostly in his 20-year struggle with Parkinson’s.

How he dealt with it daily was through faith and courage and he showed us how to face challenges with dignity, humor and fortitude.

MaryAnn Bernier