Memorial Day ceremony at CBC honored those who served
Posted Date: 5/23/2019
By: Kaitlin Knapp
PASCO, Wash. - A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Columbia Basin College to remember
and reflect those who sacrificed their lives for ours. During the ceremony, a generous
donation was made.
Students, staff and veterans gathered at the college, surrounded by thousands of flags
representing the men and women who lost their lives. Several spoke about what the
day means to them, including a veteran Marine Corps sergeant. He shared his story
on veteran suicide.
"Sometimes it feels like we have nobody, but we have each other kind of thing," said
Sirgio Maxamilion Rodriguez. "So that's something I really try to implement in my
life and through my friends and through my peers and people that I know."
He spoke about a friend reaching out to him before trying to take his own life. His
friend survived, but the pain of almost losing a fellow comrade remains. Rodriguez
relayed a message to those who may be suffering.
"Speak out and to not be afraid," he explained. "If you're feeling down and you're
feeling alone, hey, we're all here." After his speech, Sue Frost, a member of the
community, donated $250,000 to the veterans program. There's a pledge to build the
endowment to $1 million over the next four years.
The money will help veterans as they transition to civilian life.