What Memorial Day means to veterans


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Some people spent the last few hours of their Memorial Day weekend enjoying live music along the Riverwalk.

The 25th annual Augusta concert band Memorial Day concert was held at the Jessye Norman amphitheatre Monday night.

Among those in the crowd, were many veterans. We asked the men and women who served our country, what Memorial Day means to them.

“It’s a time to think about those who served and died in service,” veteran Bob Gleason said.

Veteran Frank McKinght said, “I think how proud I am to have known them, to have been associated with them, it’s just a proud moment.”

All of these heroic men and women know what it’s like to lose a friend, a friend who stood by them during the hardest time in their lives.

“It is all about America and the people that help make America great. Those guys who were willing to give it all and some did, too many did,” Jim Arflin, retired Army veteran.

Other veterans say it was like losing a family member.

“They’ll always be in your heart, and always be in your mind, but the tears they just come when they have to come, and I’ve learned to accept what it is and what it ain’t,” David Ventura said.

Ventura served in the Air Force for 24 years, and if given the opportunity he’d do it again.

“Sometimes, a lot of times, I wish I was still young enough to put the uniform back on and do it all over again, and hopefully I would come home the second time,” he explained.

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