May 29, 2006
The Veterans of Foreign Wars held their annual Memorial Day observance in front of the Albemarle County Office Building, to remember fallen soldiers of past wars.
Tim Fredrikson payed his respects to one special war veteran this Memorial Day.
"It just makes it that much more important that I be here today to honor my father," said Fredrikson.
His father, a soldier in World War II, died two years ago but Fredrikson said his memory and the memories of other fallen soldiers will live on through ceremonies, like the one Fredrikson and dozens of others watched today.
"It's a special day for military people, but it should be to everyone. More and more people are starting to show up to these things, which is great," said Larry Mraz, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The VFW brought out the vintage guns to fire the 21-gun salute. A local historian read a speech celebrating the sacrifice of all war veterans and showed the ways soldier left their mark on the world.
As the Charlottesville High School band played for the crowd, one by one wreaths were placed in the ground to represent how the many local organizations showed support for the troops.
"The idea of placing a garland or a wreath of some type on a fallen man's grave has been there throughout history and this is our way of remembering them," Fredrikson said.
The wreaths stayed in front of the Albemarle County Office Building for the remainder of Memorial Day in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of the past and also to honor the soldiers that are still serving now.