News 12 First at Five / Monday, May 27, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The flags are at half staff and the wreaths are on display all in an effort to never forget.
"Memorial Day is for our fallen veterans, men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country," said Army veteran Russell Brown.
Dozens gathered on 4th and Broad streets in honor of those soldiers who are missing and have died fighting for democracy.
Brown spent more than 20 years in the Army and has seen that sacrifice up close and personal.
"At the time, I thought it was a needless waste of life. Now, I know they wanted to be their and serve the country," he said.
"The Navy recruiter said, 'We can send you to sunny California.' I said, 'Yes, I'd like that,'" said Navy veteran Mathew Fusch.
Fusch was on a fleet outside the Iranian hostage situation in 1979. He says remembering those who fought beside him is the American way.
"We were always independent. We have the attitude of never surrendering," Fusch said.
"Military is one of the most honorable professions in the United States. I think military service will teach the young how to become adults," Brown said.
The search is on to find someone to organize the Augusta Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.
Maj. Luther Price is calling it quits after more than 20 years of service.
"I have a few issues that I need to take care of. It's hard for me now to just stand here," he said.
Price served 22 years in the Army. He taught in two area schools and took great pleasure in putting on great celebrations for his comrades.
"It's an opportunity for me to give back to the veterans and their families," Price said.
Price spends 10 months out the year preparing. It takes a lot of organizing, writing and planning to make Memorial Day and Veterans Day services special. Now, he's calling it quits.
"I've got some medical things that I need to take care of. I feel like it's time for me to say I'm done," Price said.
If you'd like to volunteer, email Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.