Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY Fla. (WMBB) – Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend, it’s a time to honor those who gave their lives so that we can have our freedom.
On Monday morning, a special ceremony was held at Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery to show honor and respect.
Veterans like Darrell Hertz and members of the community filled the graveyard to reflect, remember and say thank you in the best way they know how. Everyone joined in to sing the national anthem and salute during the wreath laying ceremony.
“A time to say, you can hardly do it but a time to say thank you,” Hertz said. “Somehow we want to honor you, we want to remember you.”
Hertz enlisted in the United States Army in 1966. He was 26 years old. He left his wife, his business and his childhood, but said he didn’t regret it at all.
“Some have touched my heart after 30 years of doing nothing and I’m not going to let that slip away,” Hertz said. “It’s going to stay in my heart. “
American pride shone in the eyes of all who attended, and strength shone in those who served.
The ceremony was led by veterans and sponsored by the Bay County Commission with the keynote speaker, Commander Keith Foster, from the US Naval Base Panama City.
“It’s just honoring those who have come before,” Foster said. “I have lost friends, I have lost comrades in these two conflicts that I have spoken about and it means a lot to me to remember them for their service.”
Foster fought in operations like Desert Storm and Rocky Freedom. He said it was only through serving his country that he truly learned what it means to wear red, white and blue.
“I risked my life for this country when I hear the pledge of allegiance when I say the pledge of allegiance,” Foster said. “It makes that sense now that I understand how important this country is to the freedom of the world.”
Service was all about honor and showing that we care. In the best possible way, we could thank the fallen soldiers for the land of the free, for which the brave fought.
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