May 26, 2006
The Memorial Day weekend is about honoring those who served and died for our country. Veterans at the Charlottesville Senior Center spent the day remembering the fallen and celebrating life.
Jackie Carroll met and married her first husband while she was in the navy.
"I was married 53 years to that sailor," said Carroll.
Unfortunately, not every veteran came back from the service with good memories.
"I was scared most of the time," said Ted Beard.
"We always prayed for them every night that they'd come back," said Carroll.
A lot of them did not come back and that's what people at the Charlottesville Senior Center believe is the simple message of Memorial Day.
"A day of remembrance for the men and women who fought with honor and valor for our freedoms and who paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for that freedom," said Norm Riggins, the Senior Center Coordinator.
Memorial poems were read aloud and the flag folding ceremony was performed by the American Legion. Each fold represents a symbol of what we as Americans stand for.
"The first fold for a flag is a symbol of life," said A.B. Brown, a speaker.
The memories of those who lost their lives is what Carroll is so proud to share with others.
"It's a great privilege to have a particular time each year to honor them," said Carroll.
It is also a day to honor those who are serving now.
If you would like to honor fallen veterans this Memorial Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold an observance in front of the Albemarle County Office Building from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.