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Memorial Day events around the CSRA

News 12 at 11 o'clock, Thursday, May 26, 2011

AUGUSTA , GA --- All across the CSRA the community will remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Events include speakers from Fort Gordon and musical tributes.

For some the names etched into the brick at Heroes Outlook on the Riverwalk go overlooked, but today those names come alive as veterans, family and friends remember the fallen.

"Lots of guys. My brother who is in the Air Force, younger brother in the Air Force or was," remembered Peter Ackermann, a retired U.S. Navy Captain. "Most of the guys I served with are probably retired too."

Ackermann's 20-plus year career in the Navy was cut short after he learned he had Parkinson's Disease. These days he is being taken care of at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing home, where they are preparing for the Memorial Day ceremony.

Charles Espositio, the executive director of the Georgia War Veterans home says, "It means so much to our veterans who live here, that the community still comes and remembers their service to their country, and to remember their fallen comrades."

"The most important thing about the ceremony is honoring our deceased sisters and brothers," said George Elmore a veteran of the Korean War.

Fort Gordon's Army Signal Corp band along with the color guard will pay tribute to the men and women who defended our nation. All through the day places like the Bellevue Memorial Gardens and the Monument of all Wars have ceremonies to remember the sacrifices.

Ackerman said, "We don't need anything special. We just did our job."

For the veterans who were there to see it all, they say they are thankful we continue to remember. "It is to give honor to those that have gone on and hoping we don't lose too many more," added Elmore.

The ceremony at the Georgia War Veterans home on 15th street gets started at 9am. At 10 am the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown will have an observance for Memorial day.

The CSRA Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony is at 11 am at the Monument of all Wars. Also, tonight you can head over the the Jessye Norman Amphitheater at 7pm for the annual Memorial Day Concert on the river.