In remembrance of those who died for our country at the VM Veterans Cemetery | WDVM25 and DCW50
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – At the West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery in Kanawha County, a memorial service was held for those who died defending this country.
The ceremony also included the traditional removal of worn and tattered flags.
“These flags flew over our country and they were worn out. And they need to be retired properly. They were also on coffins, ”said Don Ryan, chairman of the Donel C. Kinnard honor guard.
I was even allowed to remove a flag in honor of my daughter, who currently serves in the US military. At the cemetery, everyone shared their stories. Veteran Mike Davis has brought his 6-year-old son James to mourn the loss of a friend.
“My friend Jeremy Brown lost his life overseas in the war on terror. And I went to high school with him. I’m just trying to teach James that it’s very personal what people have done for us, to keep us safe, ”said Mike Davis, a veteran.
Charles Ferrell served in the United States Navy, but he is not the only one in his family to serve.
“And my oldest son was in the US military. He’s passed away and he’s buried here, so we came for my son, ”said Charles Ferrell, a US Navy veteran.
Donel C. Kinnard Cemetery is named after an decorated veteran of the Vietnam War Navy, who was the first to be buried here when the cemetery opened more than ten years ago.
Many I have spoken with today say that it is not only important to thank people for their service, but to let those who have died in the service of our country know that our freedom means that they are not. not dead in the vein.