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11/11/05

Veteran Works to Organize National Cemetery Observance

Today we honor and thank our nation's veterans for all they've done and continue to do for our country. It's also a time to make sure all vets get the recognition they deserve. We caught up with one very busy man making it all happen, the grand marshal of this year's parade in Beaufort, Ron Voegeli.

"Veterans Day is when you reflect on all your friends and comrades that you served with," Voegeli said. "The ones you lost in combat, the ones you've known throughout your career in the service."

And on this holiday, many veterans take time out to attend ceremonies like one at the Beaufort National Cemetery. "The atmosphere is just absolutely wonderful," said veteran Charles Welch. "It's almost like a cathedral in the open, truly."

That's why veterans like Voegeli spend countless hours organizing this ceremony each year. "I just feel like this is our duty," he said.

And for many veterans, this is a time to honor and pay tribute to those comrades who who paid the ultimate price.

"Veterans Day is a very important day for me as well as all veterans, because we're here to memorialize all veterans who lost their lives for our freedom in this country," said Voegeli.

As part of the annual ceremony, Voegeli and others place a wreath in the cemetery to remember those fallen heroes.

As a surprise, Voegeli's family came all the way from Kansas to honor him for his service to our country.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

 

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