People in Crawfordville Honor Veterans

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Crawfordville, Florida --

People in Crawfordville gathered together to remember those who gave their lives in war.

Folks in the Big Bend area have lost a handful of soldiers in the past year. The memorial Monday paid tribute to those who died for us.

Harriet Rich attended the memorial. She said, "Freedom isn't free ... people paid for this ... and paid with their lives."

People packed the Community Center in Crawfordville to honor those lost in war.

Vietnam Veteran Joe West said, "A very special day for all Veterans, and we as a group came down to pay our respects here in Wakulla County."

During the program, a list of local soldiers who died fighting was read, and families stood to represent those fallen.

"We were all answering present for them. This is our way of saying they're still here and they're still with us," said West.

Rich said, "I get very emotional when I think of all of the men that gave their lives."

The memorial ended with a special playing of the taps.

David Miller played them. He said, "It's rewarding to have people come up to you and say how much it touched them, but it's an honor."

After the memorial, veterans raised the flag at the courthouse in honor of the brothers and sisters lost.

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