Monday, May 28, 2012
"All gave some but some gave all," said Phil Griffee while officiating a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park today.
Memorial Day marked the time to remember all who have died while serving in the armed forces. For many in the Marine Corps League, honoring fallen veterans meant much more.
"There's a lot of memories still. We remember the people we were with. Always remember them and the people that didn't return with us they'll always be in our thoughts also," said Loren Tracy, a veteran who received a Purple Heart while serving in Korea.
The Air Capitol Detachment of the Marine Corps League held the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. It included the wreath presentation at the U.S. Marine Memorial.
"Personal satisfaction to salute our fallen comrades and remember all those that we served with," said Tracy.
The commemoration also included a time to reflect on the treatment of forgotten veterans, especially those who came back from the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
"A lot of them did not volunteer to go. They were ordered. They were drafted. They went and they didn't get the ticker tape parades that World War II vets got," said Griffee.
The group of veterans were grateful of the respect they were receiving and said that serving our country did not require a uniform.
"Go vote when you come of age. Do what you should to help the community. Help out those that are less fortunate. There's lots of different ways you can serve," said Christopher Mann, veteran.
On this Memorial Day, veterans and civilians joined together as Americans to thank those who have served.
"We're all on the same team. We're on America's team. It's good to remember everybody," said Griffee.