Fallen heroes honored across the Ark-La-Tex

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 10:46am

Hundreds of people in the Ark-La-Tex gathered to remember those who sacrificed their tomorrow, so we could have today.

"We all come together to remember these people who have given their lives, so we can sit here and be free," said William Wimmer, retired U.S. Army, who attended the American Legion Post 14 Memorial Day ceremony.

All around the country the names of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom were remembered just as American Legion members honored their lost shipmates Monday afternoon.

"It's the least we can do for our departed shipmates, and also bring attention to those still on active duty, reserves, retired that are still among the living," said Charles Burkhardt Jr., retired U.S. Navy.

The bell was rung and a wreath laid into Cross Lake in honor of those men and women.  "May they have fair winds and following seas," said Burkhardt, explaining the meaning behind the wreath laying into Cross Lake.

Doc Holliday, director of American Legion Riders Post 14, told us the ceremony is way to honor those who made it back home safe to see their families.  "And we need to honor those that did not have that opportunity."
 

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