Friday May 27 2011
Fallen soldiers remembered this weekend
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
Ceremonies to be held downtown, cemetery
All residents are invited to honor and remember Roseville’s veterans and fallen soldiers at two Memorial Day events Monday. The city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the World War II monument in downtown Roseville at 100 Vernon St. Sponsored by the city of Roseville, the Roseville Historical Society and SureWest Communications, about 350 people are expected to attend this event. “During World War II, the population in Roseville was about 5,600 people,” said John Piches, chairman of the event. “More than 1,200 of them went off to war, and 32 of them didn’t return. That’s why we have the monument downtown.” The event will also honor the 300 Roseville soldiers who fought in the Korean War as well as veterans of the Vietnam War. Piches said four soldiers who hailed from Roseville did not return from both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci is expected to present a wreath and give a moving speech about serving in the armed forces. “They’ve given so much for our freedom,” Roccucci said. “My father was in the Army and my brother-in-law was a Vietnam vet, who has recently died. It’s a quiet time, whether you are at the service or at your home, to think about these people.” The event will kick off with a special performance from the Roseville High School band and the Roseville Police Department Color Guard. Another Memorial Day event will be put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars beginning at 11 a.m. at the Roseville Community Cemetery, 421 Berry St. Vietnam combat veteran, silver star recipient and former POW Michael F. O’Connor will be the keynote speaker and music will be provided by the Roseville Community Concert Band. “Children need to understand that the importance of this day is to remember that our freedom was paid for with the lives of our veterans,” said Dave Ramsey, commander of the local VFW post, in a statement. “Public displays of patriotism are essential in honoring America’s war dead. We preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice for future generations.” Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .