Augusta celebrates Veterans Day in Downtown

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

NEWS12 First at Five/ Nov. 11, 2013

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)--"I brought it in memory and celebrating the veterans. My husband was a veteran of the Vietnam War," said Anne Joe.

She is one of many people who came to the Veterans Day ceremony in Downtown Augusta. After years of celebrating. the day with her husband she's alone this year. She brought his hat and obituary.

"I always take it with me. I always take it with me in my purse," said Joe.

John Rangel is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He remembers some of the hard times.

"We were losing a lot of men to fire. I thought we were going to be overrun," said Vietnam Veteran John Rangel.

He was shot in combat and ultimately fought for 24 months in the jungles of Vietnam. He says he'll never forget the ones who never came back.

"Well out of 450, there was 130 killed. We had 89 of us that was wounded. It really didn't leave that many people left," said Rangel.

It was two of the stories people were telling at today's service.
There were awards given, hands shaken and a buglar played taps.

It was all an effort to say thanks to those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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