BALDWIN — Local veterans and area residents were invited to a solemn Memorial Day observance in the yard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5315 on Monday morning.

“We remember the true meaning of Memorial Day and the great men and women who died in our defense,” said VFW Post Commander David Woodman, who shared the history of Memorial Day, with families of fallen Civil War soldiers of the North and South decorating their graves.

Members of VFW Post No. 5315 conducted a symbolic ceremony at the monument rock, representing the fallen.

Chaplain Mike Heath gave a blessing.

“We offer solidarity to all comrades no matter where they rest,” he said.

A wreath was placed on the monument by acting Senior Vice Commander Gary Coleman, symbolizing remembrance to the fallen. A white rose, a symbol of purity, was placed on the monument by Junior Vice Commander Juan Santos.

Officer of the Day, Jim Calkins, placed a red rose on the monument, symbolizing everlasting remembrance.

Joy Denny, president of the VFW auxiliary, offered a blue rose.

“This is an emblem of eternity, blue representing life everlasting,” she said.

“On behalf of the glorious republic, I place the American flag on the monument,” Woodman said. “These glorious colors wave over the fallen in life as well as in death.”

The Lake County Honor Guard presented arms. A gun salute was followed by the playing of taps.

Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to a luncheon in the VFW Hall.

During the luncheon, Lake County Historical Society President Bruce Micinski displayed Lake County archives from World War I and World War II including photographs, newspaper clippings and lists of those who served.