Photos: Honoring the past, looking toward the future

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Patriot Guard Riders line the hall at Altamont's Veterans of foreign War Post for Loyalty Day celebrations on Saturday.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Natalie Grant, an Altamont Elementary student, reads her prize-winning essay, saying, "It means so much the vets go off and protect America."

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Eight Marines who fought at Iwo Jima were honored, including Corporal Robert Youngs, at right, receiving a flag that flew on the USS Arizona during the battle. Next to him is Corporal Tom Lemme.

The Enterprise –– Michael Koff

Never forgotten: During the 24th annual Loyalty Day at the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Altamont, a place is set in remembrance of prisoners of war and those missing in action from any war.

The Enterprise –– Michael Koff

“Remember,” the crowd echoed as Past 3rd District Commander Don Mackey recites a poem in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action. The memorial was part of the annual Loyalty Day, celebrated on Saturday in Altamont.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

At the close of the event, Darlene Stanton asked everyone to hold hands while singing “America the Beautiful." they did.

Loyalty Day, to recognize the heritage of American freedom, was observed Saturday for the 24th year at the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Altamont.