Residents across Northeast Ohio attended Memorial Day observances Monday honoring Americans who have fallen in war. One such observance was held at Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery. Ideastream’s Bill Rice was there as families gathered at the final resting place of America’s 20th president, James Garfield.
Garfield’s presidency was ended in September 1881 by an assassin’s bullet after just 200 days. He had been a Brigadier General in the Union Army during the Civil War, and at his gravesite a present day Brigadier General, Patricia Genung, Retired, told the story of the first Decoration Day – later renamed Memorial May - on May 30, 1866 in Waterloo New York. And she paid tribute to the more than 1 million Americans who died for thei country.
GENUNG: No matter where they fell, these brave heroes have given us a gift that is priceless. They have allowed us to live as Americans, free to speak our minds, to worship in whatever way we choose, to be educated, and most importantly, to be able to live in peace and security”
Brigadier General Patricia Genung was the first permanent female professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West point. She delivered the keynote address at today’s Memorial Day service at Lakeview Cemetery.