“It is our solemn responsibility to remember them,” said Jim Gicklhorn, pastor of the Tivoli’s First Lutheran Church.
Etta Jean Wright, president of the Tivoli Cemetery Association said churches in Tivoli take turns each year to provide the service in conjunction with the association.
Gicklhorn, during his responsive litany, read the Memorial Day Confession:
God of every nation, as we remember those who gave their lives for our sake, let us be stirred to action in their memory. We confess that we have not done all that is possible to promote peace and justice in our world. We have not loved our neighbors, let alone our enemies. Forgive us for failing to live up to your commandment. Empower us to work for your Kingdom in this world, and welcome us by your grace into your Kingdom in the next.
The memorial event concluded with the song, “How Great Thou Art.”
Gicklhorn invited all to stroll through the cemetery and visit veterans’ graves there.