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Leon County veterans remember the fallen at annual ceremony

Leon County veterans remember the fallen at annual ceremony
Leon County veterans remember the fallen at annual ceremony
Posted at 4:50 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 14:49:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A soggy Memorial Day moved a Tallahassee tradition indoors for the first time.

Local veterans didn't let the weather keep them from honoring the fallen.

"Sometimes, they didn't come back, but you did -- and you hate to forget them," said Val Frailey, the commander at Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post 13.

Keeping memories alive, Leon County veterans say that's the real point of this holiday.

"It's not just barbecue and buying a used car," said Frailey.

Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post 13 honored the sacrifice of the men and women who died either during or after serving the country.

"The veterans before have paved the way for years and years and years, and they will continue to do just that," said Charles LeCroy, the past commander of Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post 13.

The event was supposed to be at Oakland Cemetery, but the weather Monday forced it inside. Veterans said their mission never changed.

"We need to think about these veterans, and you'll find that a lot of these veterans have units and organizations named after them, because they have served this country very well," said Washington Sanchez, a Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran.