Effingham County service members, community remember veterans

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Monday was all about remembering that freedom comes at a price.

Communities across the country as well as right here in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire gathered on Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives defending our freedom.

From the young to the old, service is what those in Effingham County say they stand for.

"We have over 4,000 names of people from Effingham County that have served in the military during wartime," said organizer, Ruth Lee.

That list includes John A. Treutlen, Georgia's first governor.

"We've got a lot of history and we're proud of it and we're awfully proud of that part," Lee said.

John James, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance, spoke at Monday's ceremony. He thanked everyone for their selflessness.

"We will remember your courage, we will remember your determination, we will remember your sacrifice. We will remember," James said.

As some heard a similar sweet tune, they remembered, too.

"It means those have died, and we respect them, and it gets very emotional for a lot of us that came back, and that's what it's all about," said Tommy Pierce, U.S. Navy, 1961-1965.

Service members from every branch of the military were in attendance, as well as Boy Scouts and the Effingham High School ROTC.

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