Saluting Veteran's Day

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

November 11, 2005

It's a day dedicated to those who died serving our country.

On this Veteran's Day, armed service men and women from Charlottesville and Albemarle County gathered to honor their comrades lost in war.

On the front lawn of the Albemarle County office building, veterans saluted our fallen soldiers.

There was another star spangled event at the Westminster Canterbury senior facility where they held a flag folding ceremony.

Americans and veterans spent the day remembering those who sacrificed their lives for freedom and peace.

"I'm so proud of the people that I served with and I say God bless each and every one," said V.J. McCameless, a Korean War veteran.

Since 1919 this day has been dedicated to those who died serving our country and to those who fought and are still fighting for liberty.

"It's a blessing to be alive and it's a blessing to be here," said 94-year-old William Hall, a World War II veteran.

Hall and others laid wreathes in honor of our local heroes.

"We lost 8 trucks that night [crossing the Rhine River], which I would say is about 300 or 400 men. And it bothered me [for] a long time," said Hall.

It's for those men and for those still defending our flag we celebrate today.

"God love you, our prayers and hopes are with you," said General Gregory Govan of Albemarle County.

About 25 million Americans have served in our armed forces and carry the title veteran.

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