Crowds gathered Sunday at cemeteries in Orwell and Warren townships to commemorate those who gave their lives for our country.

During well-attended services Sunday afternoon at Darling Cemetery and Warren Center Cemetery, members of Northeast Bradford Memorial Post 6824 lay down wreaths and emblems in tribute to their departed comrades.

At Warren Center Cemetery, the Rev. David Pitcher of the West Warren Congregational Church read Bible passages that he felt related to the service of the military. Pitcher also led the group in prayer for those lost in the line of duty.

Following the wreath ceremony, singing of patriotic songs and a reading of the Gettysburg Address, Darling Cemetery Association president Fred Wheaton read the names of the 46 veterans buried there. The soldiers buried in Darling Cemetery include four from the Revolutionary War and 22 from the Civil War, Wheaton said.

Wheaton also spoke about a video he came across on the Internet called "The Path of the Warrior." As warriors, soldiers protect the freedoms of Americans and ensure their children will experience those same freedoms, despite knowing the sacrifices they face, Wheaton said.

"The most difficult path is that of the warrior," he said, thanking soldiers for their service.

Memorial Day activities continue this morning with parades in Athens, Canton and Troy and services planned throughout Bradford County.

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