Middle Georgians remember fallen heroes for Memorial Day

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Hundreds of middle Georgia families came together Monday to say thank you to the countless number of men and women who gave their lives to protect the country. 

Veterans,  both young and old, along with families who’s loved ones lost their lives protecting the U.S., honored fallen heroes. 

It was an especially emotional day for Army vet Richard Dixon. 

The the 31 year vet, has served in three wars including World War II and Vietnam.

“It tells me that the American people have not forgotten it’s war dead and its heroes,” Dixon said. 

He says for a long time, veterans didn’t get the support that they receive today and he’s happy to see a change. 

“I’m glad to see now that that spirit of recognizing veteran’s and what they’ve done for this country is finally coming back,” Dixon said. 

Recognizing what the heroes have done isn’t lost on Daryl Mercer. The retired Air Force vet has been coming to Memorial Day ceremonies for years. 

“My brother was in the marine corps. He’s gone on. My father, of course, he was in the army. That’s who I took after and I think about them every time I come to these ceremonies,” Mercer said. 

One by one different organizations recognized those who gave up the ultimate sacrifice at ceremonies in Macon and in Warner Robins. 

“I don’t know how you give any greater honor, to honor those who paid that ultimate price,” Sam White, a retired Air Force vet, said. 

Each person took a moment of silence, a moment of reflection, a moment to remember all of those who fought so hard to keep the country safe.

Veterans and families of fallen heroes say going to Memorial Day ceremonies gives them an opportunity to reflect on the good times, and to remember that their loved ones died doing something they loved. 

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