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Westfield holds Memorial Day ceremony at Stanley Park

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The city held its first Memorial Day ceremony of the weekend on Saturday.

The event, held at the Veterans' Memorial at Stanley Park, honored all branches of the military.

Guest speakers included John Velis, the newly elected state representative who is currently a captain in the U.S. Army.

He spoke of losing three of his unit members during an attack in Afghanistan.

"Memorial Day has always had a profound meaning in my life, but obviously after April 6, 2013, even much more so," said Velis. "We need to remember that we still have men and women in harm's way. We live in the greatest country on Earth, but we tend to forget, because it's so great here, that there are still men and women engaged in an active battle. Just keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

Velis' remarks struck a chord with veterans and others in attendance.

They all stressed the need to make sure younger generations are aware of the sacrifices that were made.

Memorial Day activities in the city will continue throughout the weekend, which includes a parade that will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. along Elm and Broad streets.

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