Honoring the fallen - High Point Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday

May. 20, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

More than a decade ago when he was a teenager, Nick Ruden decided he wanted to make a personal statement about the ultimate sacrifice made by those in the military through a public recognition in the city.
He organized a Memorial Day service at a location downtown that features a monument garden to the men and women who served their country in battle.
Eleven years later, Ruden works at High Point University where he earned his college degree. The 26-year-old resident director at HPU maintains the spirit that compelled him to start the High Point Veterans Memorial Day Service. 
This year’s ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the High Point Veterans Memorial at S. Main Street and High Avenue across from the train depot.
The guest speaker is scheduled to be Lt. Col. Bill Cowan, a decorated, retired U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and TV commentator. The service also will feature the Asheboro Color Guard.
Ruden, who launched the Memorial Day service when he was a student at Hayworth Christian School, said it’s been sobering to note how many veterans who attended the initial ceremonies have since died.
“Especially World War II vets,” he told The High Point Enterprise. “It’s to commemorate what people give up for this country and memorialize them.”
Ruden wants to sustain the Memorial Day service, to make sure it lasts at least another decade or beyond.
“My goal is for it to last for a very long time,” he said. “I want it to continue because I think it’s necessary.”

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