Albany's veterans remember fallen troops on Memorial Day
May 26, 2008
Albany- Albany's Veterans paid tribute to fallen military men and women with a flag raising ceremony Monday morning.
Taps were played as the American flag at American Legion Post 30 along Gillionville Road was raised and then lowered to half staff.
During a prayer, the chaplain said today is a day of heavy hearts, as those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were remembered by Veterans and Active Duty troops for their patriotism.
"It's more now than it was when I came back from Vietnam, I came back and almost got spit on at the airport in San Francisco and now it seems like the people have a little more patriotism they're really concerned about or people in the Middle East, we call it the Sandbox, but we should never forget those who have passed on and given up the supreme sacrifice," said Nick Nicholson, Past Post 30 Commander.
"Just remember what the sacrifices are that people have made so you can have the freedom to have a day off, just stop and think just for a few moments," said SMSGT Jimmy Long, Alabama Air National Guard.
Veterans also said a prayer for troops currently serving in the Middle East that they would come home safely.