The holiday weekend may still be a day away. But many at Fort Stewart took time Thursday to pay their respects to our fallen military heroes.
Patricia Barbee carried a yellow rose on behalf of the widows of war. Losing a husband in Vietnam, Memorial Day hurts more than other holidays.
"He left May 28th, two days after my birthday. So these days never leave my calendar. I will never forget them," she said.
Veterans past and present laid wreaths in memory of the fallen.
"I think it is important to observe Memorial Day and Veterans Day because if it wasn't for the veteran, the civilian population wouldn't be the way it is now," said Butch Hemingway of the Vietnam Veterans Association's Liberty County chapter.
The reason they held this ceremony four days before Memorial Day is the commanders who remain here at Fort Stewart will be part of civilian ceremonies Monday all across the Coastal Empire.
In the stands, the soldiers who stood at attention reflect the thousands already in Iraq with thousands more on the way.
"They know what they're preparing for and they are prepared to go down range and do the things on the part of our nation that we ask them to do," explained Colonel Todd Buchs, Garrison Commander for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field.
For that reason, commanders see this ceremony as timely as it is solemn.
"Honoring those who've made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for their country is the most important thing we do," the Colonel added.
While many will focus Monday on picnics or shopping, Barbee hopes all Americans stop and remember those gone but not forgotten.
List of Memorial Day events to include Fort Stewart personnel:
Friday, May 25, 2007
Three Soldiers will help comprise a joint color guard to post and
retrieve the colors for the 165th Airlift Wing "Armed Forces Festival," 1
p.m., at Rousakis Plaza, River St., Savannah.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
3rd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment will provide a Chaplain and 3rd
Support Battalion will provide a firing party for the Vietnam Veteran's of
America "Candlelight Memorial Ceremony," 6 p.m., in Emmet Park, Savannah.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Col. Todd Buchs, Fort Stewart Garrison Commander, will be the guest
speaker at the Hinesville American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony at 11
Monday, May 28, 2007
A soldier will respond in Roll Call of all services at the American
Legion Post of Chatham County Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 a.m.,