Updated 05/28/2012 06:05 PM
Veterans honor fallen soldiers
For some, Memorial Day is about parades and celebration. But for veterans, it's a day to remember their fellow soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Our Lara Greenberg tells us why veterans at the Bath VA say it's important to honor the fallen this Memorial Day.
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BATH, N.Y. -- It's a somber day at the Bath National Cemetery. Fourteen thousand American flags decorate the burial place of thousands of soldiers. Lisa Fields and her family are there to remember her father.
"We can feel close to my dad and we get together as a family and we do a family portrait right here and just kind of spend some good time together and then we do go down and enjoy the parade with everyone," said Fields.
And once the parade begins down the hill at the Bath VA, veterans take a trip down memory lane, honoring their friends who lost their lives.
"I remember more about the war and how it went and everything and how my buddies getting killed," said Roy Benning, a U.S. Marine veteran who served from 1968 to 1970.
"To remember the soldiers who risked their lives for freedom because freedom isn't free."
It's paid for by the fallen soldiers.
"They gave what they had to give, you know. They did what was supposed to be done," said U.S. Navy veteran Jack Delaney, who served in 1960.
And veterans say it's now their duty to keep their legacy alive. And make Memorial Day one of many memorial days.
"Believe me or not, I raise and lower my flag everyday in their honor. And that's what I think it about," said U.S. Marine veteran Jerry Babchak, who served from 1966 to 1969.
"So for you, everyday's Memorial Day?" we asked.
"Yes it is."