Memorial Day: Thomasville Honors Past, Salutes Present

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Retired Navy LT Curtis Crowe recalls Memorial Day was quite different in the past.

Says Crowe, "I remember as a boy when the whole town shut down for Memorial Day."

Veterans and visitors gathered at Sunset Memorial Gardens Monday to honor those who died while serving our country.

Crowe says the best thing citizens can do for a soldier is welcome them home with open arms.

He says patriotism has ebbed through the years, especially following the Vietnam War -- and many still don't feel a strong connection with those in uniform.

Says Crowe, "People don't associate themselves anymore with the military, or we have mothers who don't want their children to be hurt."

That's why many say it's more important now than ever to remember those who paid the ultimate price.

Georgia National Guardsman Michael Bryant says, "It is [of] the utmost importance that we remember that past, just as we look forward to the future."

Thousands of American flags were also placed on the graves of veterans.

The flags were paid for out of volunteers' pockets -- many of whom are
veterans themselves.

Event organizers say it's the least they can do to remember those who

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  • by Cheri Location: Jacksonville, FL on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    What this story doesn't say is how many of these veterans (Lt. Crowe USN Ret. included) are disabled and don't get around too well these days. Yet year after year they see fit to remember and honor the fallen even when others don't. I'm proud of our veterans and thankful that they stepped up and answered our nation's call to preserve, protect, and defend. Thank you veterans for your service! Thank you Dad for your service and dedication, this country needs more people like you! I love you Dad! ~ A proud American daughter
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