A 150-year tradition was continued Monday in Nebraska City with a Memorial Day program at Wyuka Cemetery.

A 150-year tradition was continued Monday in Nebraska City with a Memorial Day program at Wyuka Cemetery.
Mayor Bryan Bequette delivered the keynote address for the event.
Bequette first articulated his appreciation for the observance of Memorial Day and his gratitude for being included in Nebraska City’s observance, then went on to give a history of Memorial Day and talk about the various ways that fallen United States service men and women are honored.
Bequette spoke of the over one million American service members who gave their lives to advance the cause of freedom and defend the republic.
“Today, we all come together to, very appropriately, remember,” said Bequette. “We remember all those who have fallen who gave their last full measure.
“We can only hope that sometime today, all Americans take a moment to remember.”
“It is the land of the free because brave service men and women gave their all and called this land home,” said Bequette.
In addition to Bequette’s address, the Memorial Day service included opening and closing prayers, performances of patriotic songs by the Nebraska City Apple Corps, a barbershop chorus; a salute to the fallen was given with a three-shot volley by a firing squad, the placement of wreaths by Nebraska City auxiliary and Blue Star Mothers members and the playing of Taps.