WWII Vets Gather to Honor Sacrifices of Fellow Soldiers

WWII Vets Gather to Honor Sacrifices of Fellow Soldiers

The West Tennessee National Cemetery in Germantown was one place where people gathered this Memorial Day to pay their respects to the men and women who died for this country.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The West Tennessee National Cemetery in Germantown was one place where people gathered this Memorial Day to pay their respects to the men and women who died for this country.

The young and the old gathered to pay their respects to our military. You can see in their faces they understand the importance of the Star Spangled Banner.

When called upon to fight, many of them did remarkable things. In all of our wars - and there have been too many of them - the average guy did his job.

Sometimes they didn't make it, because on the other side of the bullets were other people - enemies - who were trying to do their jobs. That's war.

88-year-old Glynn Raby is a World War II veteran. "I have forgotten a lot that's transpired, a tremendous amount. But I do remember people that I served with," he said.

When the bugle plays Taps and the guns are fired, that's when it hits. That's when the memories come flooding back into the minds of the men and women, memories that are in some instances 70 years old, but seem like they happened just a moment ago.

These are the survivors, the ones who came home who sometimes brought the war home with them. The people who would wake up screaming in the middle of the night. The ones who didn't like to talk about what they saw. They had friends, and some of their friends didn't make it.

"Our freedoms have been paid for with the lives of a lot of people, a lot of people that I served with. We lost a lot of people."

Their lives were lives to remember. That's what this day is for - to remember, and to give thanks.

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