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Thomasville honors Memorial Day

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - All over the country Monday, men and women who died serving our country and protecting our freedom, were honored.

In Thomasville, The Thomas county Veterans Council held a memorial service this morning at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Family's who have lost loved ones, veterans who served in wars through the decades, and even children came out to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

For 85-year -old Kenley Lanter, Monday morning's memorial day ceremony in Thomasville flooded in old memories.

"It takes me back to when we were a bunch of kids out there fighting," he said.

He served during World War II on the USS Indianapolis.

"The Lord has blessed me," he said.

His ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in just 12 minutes.

"Somehow I made it through the crowd of people in the sea. I turned around just in time to see the tail go under the water," he said.

Of 1200 men on board, only 300 survived the shark-infested waters and four days at sea.

"You don't ever forget the ones you served with. I think there are only 60 of us left," he said.

88 year-old Burrell Griffin served in the US NAVY AirForce during World War II. He came out along with dozens of other men and women, of all ages, to honor the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

"It makes me think of all the good men that died. I married one of them's widow. His plane went down in the Pacific. Never found it. Lost the whole crew," he said.

"We came today to reserve Memorial Day," said Julian Reynolds along side his family.

Julian Reynolds is a Vietnam veteran and comes from a family full of servicemen.

But says today is about the fallen ones.

I just want to thank all the men and women," he said.

Something even the little ones, got a chance to do as well.

"It makes me proud, they were serving our country. They cared about me and my freedom," said Reynold's granddaughter.  

Cared enough to die. So all of us can live freely.

2300 American flags were placed on all veteran graves in Thomasville.

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