Flowers remain by the grave markers on the far left while the National Flag on the pole to the left of Aaron Davis has been raised to full staff. Notes of "Amazing Grace" still flow from Aaron's bagpipes near the exit of Sheridan's Municipal Cemetery at the 12 o'clock hour. Most of the participants and viewers of the Post Everlasting Ceremony have left the cemetery as a contingent of "Kearny's Frontier Regulars" towing the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer used in the ceremony, makes its way past Aaron as it exits the cemetery. The official Memorial Day schedule of events in Sheridan has concluded. Now it is up to each individual to "Remember the Fallen" in their own special way. Aaron, the bagpiper who played three musical selections as vehicles exited the cemetery, moved to Ranchester from Idaho about a year ago and wanted to participate even though he was not officially part of the Post Everlasting Ceremony. Thank you Aaron for your participation.
Most of the participants and viewers of the Post Everlasting Ceremony have left the cemetery as a contingent of "Kearny's Frontier Regulars" towing the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer used in the ceremony, makes its way past Aaron Davis, who is still playing the bagpipes, as it exits the cemetery.
The contingent of Kearny's Frontier Regulars who fired the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer during the Memorial Days events and participated in the parade. (l-r) Bob Wilson, Patti Wilson, Rich Wormington, Bruce Berst, Susan Wells, Bob Mullen & Richard Stanley.
The 12-pound Mountain Howitzer
After the firing of the howitzer Chaplain Sawyer starts the Post Everlasting Ceremony with a prayer with Post Commander Jon Berg to his right and Donna Lannan near the bell on the far right.
The girls scouts then hoisted the flag to half mast - some of the same girl scouts who placed 1500 flags at the graves of veterans over the past two days
Post Commander John Berg reading the name of each veteran who passed away this past year - with each name the bell was rung by Donna Lannan
As each name was read, that name on a slip of paper was placed into the inverted helmet for the ceremonial burning by members of the American Legion Honor Guard
Among the last names read were Dr. Herbert V. Adams and Duane A. Portwood who recently passed away
Two of the last three bell ringings were for Dr. Herbert V. Adams and Duane A. Portwood who recently passed away
The last ringing of the bell
The last name goes into the helmet
The American Legion Honor Guard and members of the 7th Calvary Drum and Bugle Corps following the salute firing of volley shots by the guard and the playing of taps by Dan Burgess - the firing and taps was done in video so there are no still photos
Closing prayer and remarks in front of the American Legion Honor Guard with Vice Guard Commander Bert Burtis on the right.
Stacked rifles used in the ceremony
Ranchester's bagpiper Aaron Davis surrounded by flowers and flags with the Bighorn Mountains in the background at the close of Memorial Day Ceremonies at Sheridan's Municipal Cemetery