Veterans from various U.S. wars and conflicts joined forces at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Monday to honor men and women who sacrificed for their country.
In the week leading up to Memorial Day, veterans 1,100 flags on veterans’ graves around Thomasville. More than 2,000 more were placed on Monday, including many at Sunset Memorial Gardens, site of a Memorial Day ceremony.
Larry Price, commander of American Legion Post 31, led the somber serve.
VFW Post 4995 Commander Lyndal Knight was pleased to see so many people — young and old, veterans and non-veterans — pay their respects.
“What is a veteran?” asked Knight. “It is someone in their life who has written a blank check to the United States and made payable in the amount of ‘up to his life.’ Today, we remember those who served in one way or the other.”
Terrance “Terry” Scott, felt honor and pride to be among the veterans in the audience.
He said, “We’ve had young and old lose their lives. I’m thankful for everyone and it’s great to see people coming together in times like we are living today.”
Scott also posed a quesiton for the audience.
He said. “How can we best honor these veterans? It’s important to celebrate our veterans today and those who have fallen. They have paved the way for us today,” said Scott.
All veterans in the audience were asked to stand. The audience gave them a round of applause in gratitude.
The Monday Memorial Service was designed to honor the men and women who died while serving to their country.
Scott said, “These people have given peace and freedom to all Americans by giving the ultimate sacrifice.”
The veterans reminded the crowd that soldiers are lost in battle everyday.
Price said, “We honor the men and women today. They are sons, daughters, husbands and wives who will be lost, but will not be forgotten. Freedom is not free.”
The Honor Team of Post 265 of Ochlocknee folded the U.S. flag while retired Navy veteran Curt Crowe read the meaning behind the flag’s stripes, stars, colors and each fold.
Crowe said, “The flag represents a living country. The folding of the flag represents all the people of America.”
After the reading of the meaning of the flag, one member of the Honor Team laid the folded flag on the memorial for the fallen soldiers. Taps was played for those remembered for their service to the country and by giving it “all.”
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