Memorial Day parade paid tribute to service and sacrifice

Edson Rodgers played Taps. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

As American flags whipped in a cool breeze under sunny skies Monday morning at Oak Grove cemetery in Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard observed Memorial Day with a ceremony that paid tribute to those who died in their nation’s service.

Military veterans, joined by members of the Island law enforcement community, emergency response personnel from several Island towns, and a large contingent of Boy and Girl Scouts, set off from American Legion Post 257 opposite Tisbury School at 10 am in a steady march to the nearby cemetery.

Tisbury Police detective Mark Santon headed up the parade on a motorcycle, followed by a color guard from U.S. Coast Guard Station Menemsha.

Guest speaker Lt. Col. David Berube, USAF, a chaplain in the National Guard Reserves and Oak Bluffs police officer, titled his remarks, “Freedom isn’t free.”

Although it may be a temptation to think of the simple, three-word phrase as a cliché, Colonel Berube asked everyone to consider the cost of freedom for the men and women memorialized on Memorial Day.

“We can never forget that they paid a high price for our freedom,” he said.