Trenton honors the fallen with annual Memorial Day service

In a tradition over four decades long, about 30 people gathered at Trenton’s Edgewood Cemetery Sunday afternoon and remembered the Americans who fought and died defending freedom.

Trenton Mayor Martha Jo Ray introduced the speaker, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Hugh Rich, a Trenton resident who served about 10 years in the Marines before joining the Army and coming to Fort Campbell in 2018.

Rich became emotional remembering those he has known who have died in war.

He talked about freedom and says the word means something different to the loved ones of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Todd County Middle School teacher Julie Hamlet performed the traditional reading of the names of every known veteran from Trenton in the community’s history and says each had a tremendous amount of courage to serve.

Natalie Shemwell sang God Bless the USA and City Commissioner Joyce Edwards led the crowd in the Pledge to the Flag while Rich’s young daughter served as flag bearer.

Listen to the entire service below: