Veterans in Augusta remind us what Memorial Day is all about

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email

It might be the end of your three day weekend, but Memorial Day is more than that. Veterans were in Downtown Augusta to remind us Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died fighting for the red, white, and blue.

"It just gets to you a little bit," Commander of VFW 3200 Earl Walls said.

What he's referring to is today's Memorial Day ceremony at the All Wars Monument.

"Everybody does something different on Memorial Day to remember the people who didn't come back with us."

But some people don't seem so certain. Fort Gordon's Garrison Commander Colonel Glenn Kennedy asked the crowd, "What is Memorial Day? Is it simply another federal holiday?"

It sure is a federal holiday; banks are closed and there is no mail. People often spend the day outdoors with their family. These are reasons Earl Walls says the meaning behind Memorial Day can be forgotten.

"It's an easy life here compared to what a lot of other people have," Walls said. "People forget the reason we have this life is because of the veterans and what they've sacrificed in the past."

And not everyone knows exactly what they sacrificed.

"It's hard to know when you're not in uniform what the total sacrifice is," Command Sergeant Major Johnathan Fisher said.

Even though we don't all know what they sacrificed, we do know those sacrifices are what allow us to enjoy a long weekend.

"I barbecued yesterday, and fed the whole family," Joe Winstead of the Sons of Confederacy said. "Today, they'll be able to get in the pool and enjoy that, and this doesn't take but a few minutes out of my time," Winstead said of the ceremony.

Giving a few minutes of our time is the least we can do for everything our fallen soldiers have done for us.

"There is no greater love than to give your life for another," Kennedy said. "Our fallen comrades have demonstrated that love, and that is what Memorial Day is all about."


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