Local Veterans, Organizations Observe Memorial Day

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The Brazos Valley joined the rest of the nation Monday in remembering servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty.

Local veterans and other organizations paid tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

With hand over heart dozens of veterans remembered their fallen comrades.

"It's just great to honor them," Richard Thomas, a local veteran said. "They gave it all and if it was up to me I would have given mine to."

The servicemen and women who returned home honored those who didn't.

"It's to honor all the people who so bravely have gone before us and given their lives to keep the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States alive," VFW District 17 Surgeon Dr. James Cooper said.

Cooper, who addressed the packed VFW Hall, said it's the fallen that have kept this country free.

"It's a lovely place to live, a wonderful place to live in the world," Cooper said. "The freedoms that we have in the United States were made possible by the sacrifices of lives in previous wars."

Those who made the ultimate sacrifice were singled out by local organizations.
Flags were placed on veterans' graves in the College Station Cemetery.
It's a project that's been completed for the last 20 years and one that will keep going, as long as people don't forget.

"Just take a minute to remember the fallen comrades, the men and women that have died to keep the freedom for the country," Jimmy Worden, a local veteran said.

And that freedom was not taken for granted Monday as dozens embraced in song and reminisced about those who have gone before.