Memorial Day In Chattanooga

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 5/27/2013 7:04 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN  (WDEF) --America still has soldiers in harm's way---as the country pauses to remember those who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.
Chattanooga joined the rest of the nation with its observance at the National Cemetery.


All gave some---some gave all.
That was the theme of today's observance at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
A crowd of more than 500 gathered to take part in the solemn observance, many of them former military or families of those who are no longer with us.


The Ernie Pyle Chapter 1945 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart was the host.

WALTER DOWDY, WORLD WAR TWO, MOPH "I was in Korea, and I was one of the Buffalo Soldiers in Korea, an all black outfit...I got wounded July 26, 1950..schrapnel took this eye out..I still got it in my brain...I'm a disabled veteran but God took care of me..he didn't take my life."

Max Thomas was a code-breaker in the south Pacific in World War Two.

MAX THOMAS, US ARMY, WORLD WAR TWO "I wound up with Lieutenant's bar because there were not enough enough officers. I was mainly a staff sergeant....but then McArthur needed more officers."

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke was the keynote speaker.

MAYOR ANDY BERKE, CHATTANOOGA "I've heard it said, no one is born a hero. The men and women who died for our country..they didn't do so to be a hero. They did so to be of one another, to their families back home..their country" .

The ceremony ended with the traditional 21 gun salute, and the playing of taps.


Memorial Day began when the families of Civil War Soldiers set aside May 30th as a time to decorate their graves.
It officially became Memorial Day in 19-67.

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