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Marines reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day

Nick Nicholson explains why he loved being in the Marines. Nick Nicholson explains why he loved being in the Marines.
Gary Fowler talks about how glad he is to see veterans being appreciated Gary Fowler talks about how glad he is to see veterans being appreciated
Both Nicholson and Fowler enlisted in the Marines Corp Both Nicholson and Fowler enlisted in the Marines Corp
American Legion Post 30 thank you letter American Legion Post 30 thank you letter
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

For many veterans today means much more than a day at the lake or cooking out, it means remembering those who gave up their lives and for those who are still with us honoring them for their hard work.

American Legion post 30 on 2916 Gillionville Rd. in Albany is the home of many active and retired military personnel. They focus on creating funds for scholarships for groups such as the boys scouts and Stanley Johnson nursing. They also put on events to support veterans and their families.

It's a group that long time Marines Nick Nicholson and Gary Fowler feel grateful to be a part of. Nicholson says after working in 44 different countries over the span of more than 30 years he is happy to be home and retire in Albany. It's an experience he feels shaped him into who he is today.

"Military people kind of believe in supporting this country, former military either active or retired or the guys who went in for 2 years and got out. It changes you when you go into the military," Nicholson shared.

"It makes me proud to be an American, it makes me proud to know to have served my country, it makes me proud to see others appreciate that," Fowler said.

Fowler also says today is a day to honor those who gave up a portion of their lives whether is was building bridges or buildings, whatever what was needed to rebuild a community destroyed by war.

The American Legion honored those who came before and current military by raising the flag, followed by celebration breakfast.

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