A Memorial Day service remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces at The Little Church on the Hill in Oakhurst’s Oakhill Cemetery was well attended Monday.
The opening prayer, “No Greater Love,” was presented by Father Gordon Kamai of Christ Church - Anglican.
After the service, VFW Post 8743 and the Marine Corps League Griswold Mountain Detachment held a military tribute ceremony outside the church that included a gun salute and the playing of taps.
The impressive Avenue of Flags (56 flags) at the cemetery is a tradition of Mountain Area residents, honoring men and women who died while serving their country. The flags are from the caskets of service men and women that have been donated by family members.
In addition, Cub Scout Pack 341 placed more than 300 smaller flags on the graves of those who served their country.
In addition to the service in Oakhill Cemetery, veterans were also honored at the Ahwahnee Round House and North Fork Cemetery.
The Bill Seaberg Trio (Bill and Linda Seaberg and Dorothy Landrey) sang My Country ‘Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful, and This Land Is Your Land.
Jackie Mallouf of Oakhurst has attended the Oak Hill services for more than 20 years.
“The veterans display such a dedication of loyalty to our fallen soldiers and year after year, rain or shine, they present this powerful and emotional ceremony,” Mallouf said. “This year was one of the largest crowds we have seen in a number of years and it was great to see a lot of young people at the service and the ceremony.”