Veterans Decorate Beaufort National Cemetery

Monday is Memorial Day, a time when we honor our fallen heroes. We talked with some Low Country veterans about this solemn day. They say they're just hoping people will take time out this weekend and remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Members of the Beaufort Exchange Club are taking time out to decorate the Beaufort National Cemetery with red, white and blue for the holiday. It's a gesture military veterans of the group say is their way of showing respect to their comrades.

"It means a lot to me," said Marine veteran Mike Rentz. "I didn't serve during a time when we were at war so when I come out and put the flags up, it's my way to give back to the folks that served during wartime and paid the price so that we have freedom."

"It makes me feel honored that I can do that much for the people laying out here," said Vietnam vet Ron Vogeli. For him, putting up these flags is a time to reflect upon the past. "I think of when I was a child and going to the cemetery to decorate the graves of my uncles who were killed in WWII."

With Memorial Day just a few days away, many veterans say they're remembering fallen comrades. "Every day, you think of them, but on Memorial Day especially, you think of them," said Vogeli.

"I have a lot of friends serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and I think of them a lot on a day like today," said Rentz. "I think about the folks that have died in the past year or so and I think about Memorial Day as an opportunity for all of us to say thank you to all those people."

So this weekend, be sure you thank all those who served our country and those who still are. There will be a Memorial Day parade in downtown Beaufort on Monday at 10am and a memorial service at the National Cemetery at noon.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com