Tallahassee community remembers local heroes on Memorial Day Weekend

By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Sunday afternoon, Tallahassee National Cemetery hosted a service to honor fallen heroes, those who are currently serving and veterans.

The service was a prelude to Memorial Day. As the sun beamed down, friends, families and veterans all gathered at Tallahassee National Cemetery to pay tribute to local heroes.

For Chuck Howell, a member of the Big Bend Honor Guard, this day is an important one, "Today is the day we honor all of our fallen veterans."

With musical accompaniments, a benediction of wreaths, a gun salute and a playing of the taps, the service was a time to remember all of the sacrifice and service our veterans and fallen and active duty members have done for our country.

Howell shares, "I hope they look back at all of our fallen veterans and praise their duty that they did and all of the wars that they fought in."

Debbie Mann, a member of Big Bend Honor Guard, expresses why they all gathered together, "We need to honor those that made us be able to have the freedoms we have today."

For many, like Mann, this day has a personal meaning. "I think of my dad and father-in-law and all the people that served before me, and I don't think we do enough to honor them."

Roger Hewitt, Vice Commander of the American Legion of the Big Bend, takes a moment to recognize all those who have fought for our country, "The people out here gave their life for our country, some of them came back, some of them didn't."

Big Bend Honor Guard member Jim Geuin says what he believes this service is about, "A memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and this is for all of those who aren't here with us anymore."

Former politician Gwen Graham mentions, "There's nothing more important than recognizing those who have given their lives and service for this country."

With every American flag placed next to a headstone, the service of those who have passed fighting for our freedom are never forgotten.

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