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Veterans in Tallahassee remember those who gave their lives

Memorial Day
Posted at 6:39 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 07:54:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Veterans and their families gather in south Georgia and north Florida

One of many places were ceremonies took place, the American Legion Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee. That's where people paid their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice

Monday's ceremony was a memorable for those who have lost loved ones. Retired marine Major John Haynes was the keynote speaker

"Memorial day is not a day for sales or for going to the beach," said Maj. Haynes. "The main and ultimate purpose is to honor our veterans who gave their lives for this great country."

People at the service have suffered some type of loss.

John Folsom, a navy veteran, served two tours in Vietnam.

"It is a Memorial Day ceremony," said Folsom who is also the American Legion District 2 Vice Commander. "It's to honor those who have lost their lives in battle or because of their wounds from battle. "We're remembering them because they are the ones that have given us the freedom we have today."

"I am serving to honor my father to who was a WWII veteran," said Lee Mortimer, the Sons of the American Legion Detachment of Florida District 2 Commander. "I'm also serving to honor the memory of two uncles, one who died in the North Atlantic, a merchant seaman, and one who died in Korea as a marine corporal."