Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

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After a drizzly morning, the sun came out and the temperature rose in time for the annual Memorial Day Mass May 30 at Fairfax Memorial Park.

The Mass was celebrated by Father John M. O'Donohue, pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Annandale. He was assisted by Deacon Nicholas J. LaDuca, who served as homilist.

In his homily, Deacon LaDuca said that on Memorial Day we pause to remember those who have gone before us.

"(Our lives are) a journey that does not end at the grave," he said.

In his closing comments, Father O'Donohue thanked everyone for coming to the Mass to honor the dead, especially those who had died defending the United States.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016