American Legion Holds Annual Memorial Day Service

By Charlene Cristobal
May 26, 2014

Tallahassee remembers the men and women who have served and died for our country. On Monday, American Legion, Post 13 held their annual Memorial Day Event to honor those servicemen and women who died.

While the sun was shinning and flags waved in the wind, friends and family of fallen soldiers and veterans of past and present wars, made their way to Oakland Cemetery to honor those who have passed on.

Michael Kane is a Marine Corps veteran, he says, "It was a privilege to serve my country and an honor. And it was a privilege to serve with the marines. We come here to honor heroes, who answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice."

We were told that there are 168 veterans, from 10 different state buried at Oakland Cemetery. They reminded everyone today, and everyday, that freedom is not free.

Navy veteran Tom Napier said at the ceremony, "Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to people who fought for the things that we have. To those military heroes, you gave up all your tomorrows, so I could have mine."

Those who were in attendance were also reminded that the people who made sacrifices were not just the men and women in uniform. Charles LeCroy, an Air Force veteran said, "The sacrifices that you and the people we left behind...our mother, daddy, sister, brother, who made the sacrifices while we were over yonder."

There are five wives that are buried with their veteran husband at Oakland Cemetery.

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