MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The rain from Tropical Depression Beryl did not stop Middle Georgia from gathering at Memorial Day observances to pay their respects.
Dozens of veterans, active military duty personnel and civilians gathered at Macon Memorial Park and Linwood Cemetery.
For 11-year-old Tyler Shelton, this Memorial Day is extra special; his father is returning home from Iraq.
"I really do respect those soldiers who fought for our country," Shelton said.
Sergeant Rodney M. Davis USMC (MOH) was mentioned at both events. Davis, a Macon native, died in combat in 1967. His body is buried in his family's plot in Linwood Cemetery, a cemetery now filled with open graves and overgrown weeds.
Local organizations are now working to preserve, protect and restore Linwood Cemetery. Nicholas Warr, 1/5 Vietnam Veterans Unit Chapter says it is our duty to protect our heroes' final resting place and a significant piece of history.
"In my mind, it's a national treasure, I know it's a treasure here, but the history of the folks that are buried at Linwood is just phenomenal," Warr said.
Warr says they hope to raise $75,000 for both Davis' monument at Linwood Cemetery and a scholarship fund in Davis' name.