All fallen veterans saluted in Letcher County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Despite the hot weather across the region, men with American Legion in Whitesburg suited up and saluted several fallen soldiers.

They have been doing it since 1972 and say they always will on Memorial Day weekend.

Never forgetting the meaning of this holiday weekend, these man lined up and saluted every fallen veteran in Letcher County.

It makes for a long, hot day traveling from cemetery to cemetery placing flags on every veteran's grave.

"We get tired, but we just keep on pushing for them. God bless America and all the veterans," said Timothy Wright, a board member of the American Legion in Whitesburg.

Veterans from every war expect for the war in Iraq are buried in one of the cemeteries they visited making it a special place for several families on Memorial Day weekend.

"Coming home and coming down here and seeing them take their time out of their busy schedule to come and do this is the greatest thing in the world," said Gary Wayne Adams, who has several veterans in his family.

It is a 40-year-old tradition they say will never die, as long as we still have the freedoms these soldiers fought for and the community's support honoring these men and women.

"We are free because of people like this. And every veteran, don't matter, young or old, they are the greatest people in the world," said Adams.

Several of the American Legion members in Whitesburg served in the Vietnam War.

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