News 12 at 5:00, May 28th, 2007
Memorial Day is a time to remember our men and women in uniform. Today, people paid tribute with wreaths, speeches, and salutes across the area.
News 12 spoke with veterans and families of fallen servicemen and women. We find it means something different to everyone. It's a time to face hard memories, give thanks, and to honor the men and women who gave their lives.
Veteran Charles Jasper says he remembers the battlefield of the Korean War. He says enemy fire took down the soldiers fighting next to him.
"I think of that every Memorial Day. I can't remember their names, but I can see 'em like it was yesterday," he said.
Now, he's honoring their memory by fund raising to help others.
Ruthie Allen is doing the same thing. As she works to raise money, she's overcome with pride for her husband's sacrifice.
"This day I couldn't miss for the world, because I'm very patriotic!" she said.
Allen is also out here to thank veterans, like 88-year-old Lucian Hockman. He fought in World War II, Vietnam, and Korea.
"It means a whole lot. I have a warm spot in my heart for all these veterans, and at my age, I'm just happy to be here." The flag he proudly holds shows it.
Command Sergeant Major Arthur Washington also gives thanks with red white and blue.
"We come every year and place a wreath to pay our respect to the ones who paved the way for us," he said.
Lots of people paid their respects across the area today. That includes Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and local and national lawmakers. At the Veterans of All Wars monument, they paid a special tribute to the late Congressman Charlie Norwood.