Local veterans honor fallen on Memorial Day

POSTED: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 4:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Monday afternoon hundreds of people gathered to honor our fallen soldiers.

Fox 44 spoke with local veterans about the occasion and their memories of the war.

A 21 gun salute and cannon fire was given for the fallen soldiers.

Pearl Harbor Veteran, Frank Curre says that's a sound he will never forget.

"You can forget everything on earth, but what happened to me during that war and on that day is tattooed on my soul."

An emotional day for Curre who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the war and community.

"The only real medal is right here inside of you. That's what makes us all men. That's what makes us all women," says Curre.

The Memorial Day ceremony was steeped in tradition. Nearly 600 flags fill the cemetery, marking each grave, one of many  traditions to honor the fallen soldiers.

Battle flags were raised, and a riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups walked the cemetery. It's one of the highest honors for the fallen.

Ex-Prisoner of War, Calvin Hester, remembers vividly a prayer he said before leaving home for Germany in WWII.

"Dear Jesus, if you see it possible for me to come back and see the statute of liberty," recalled Hester.

Monday, he said a different prayer while remembering those who didn't come back.

"Freedom is not free. Somebody has to fight for freedom here in America, and I fought for freedom."

Curre also thinks of those who didn't make it back.

"We fought together as brothers, and a lot of us died together as brothers. One of these days we shall all lie side by side as brothers."
 

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