ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Folks in Albany came out to Veteran's Park to honor and remember those who served during the war.
50 years ago America was in the Vietnam War, a war that took the life of Amy Cooper-Berkes father Colonel William Cooper.
"It's very emotional, it's a emotional time just when you grow up without a dad, you don't know what happen to him, it's...it's rough," said Amy Cooper-Berkes.
Colonel Williams was one of the many men who died during the Vietnam War. His family didn't get his remains until last year. Unfortunately, Berkes mother was not alive when they recovered his remains.
"She would just be thankful because we're doing good and we all know what happened to him," said Berkes.
Today Colonel Cooper and many others were honored during the Veterans Day memorial. Many were holding black balloons.
"The black balloons commemorate all those who were lost during the Vietnam War. We lost 58-thousand 200 plus," said Vietnam veteran Paul Murray. "And they are still finding bodies and remains."
Berkes said if her mother was to see this today she would be thankful to see the people who came to honor her husband.
A memorial with the names of the men and women who passed away during Vietnam is on display at Veteran's Park.