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The legacy of Zach Smith and Hornell war heroes live on each Memorial Day in the Maple City (photo gallery)

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By JOHN ANDERSON, photo gallery by STEVE HARRISON

HORNELL — Jan. 24, 2010 is a date that will be remembered in Hornell. It was the day Hornell Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Smith, 19, of Hornell, died serving during Operation Enduring Freedom while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Smith was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

On Monday, his mother, Kimberly Smith, gave speech with impact and meaning as she talked about the importance of family and hanging on to every single minute.

Hornell Gold Star Mother Kimberly Smith lays a wreath in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country.  Kim’s son, Zackary Smith passed away 12 years ago while serving in the United States Marines.  Kim was a guest speaker during the 2022 ceremony. Photo by Steve Harrison.

The Masons placed a wreath at the monuments on the Broadway Mall. Hornell High School’s 2002 Valedictorian Nick Oyer, who will be attending Princeton, read the Gettysburg Address.

Cameron Snyder and his mother Alexandria of Hornell enjoys the amazing weather as they wait for the fire trucks headed down the parade route main street Monday morning. Photo by Steve Harrison.

The Hornell High School choir performed a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Members of service clubs in Hornell read what Memorial Day means to them.

Donnie and Mary Woodard of Hornell take to the streets for the Hornell Memorial Day Parade. Donnie and Mary were excited to have the return of the parade this year! Photo by Steve Harrison.

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