TOOMBS CO., GA (WTOC) - The annual Memorial Day observance in Vidalia took on fresh sorrow this Monday as the community remembered a local soldier killed in the last year.
Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright died in an ambush in Niger last fall. Wright's death back in October made this community's Memorial Day even more somber and current. Generations in Toombs County gathered to remember all who gave their lives in combat.
This year, the list of servicemembers added one. The speaker, Major Charmeon Robinson, noted how the sorrow had hit home for the community all over again, but his family said Memorial Day is to remember all of the fallen.
"This one is special because of Dustin, but it's a special day because of all the fallen heroes and the people we memorialize because of this day," said Dustin's grandmother, Sue Grisham. "I'm a patriotic person, and Dustin just added to that. It does take on special meaning. It is hard, but I choose to be happy because Dustin was a happy person. I could cry all day, but he wouldn't want that."
Dustin's name will go on a local monument for those killed in military action.
All who attempted hope it several decades before they add a name to that tragic list.