Thunderbolt (WSAV) It’s a day when all of us are asked to remember those who gave their lives in war. In Savannah, World War II Veteran Howard Young is well known to many in the military community. “”I think they should get on their knees and pray those (soldiers and marines) who lost their lives keeping all of us free,” said Young.
Another World War II Veteran, George Bartell says he honors all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And perhaps he came close. When Bartell was just 20 years old, he was a gunner on a B-17 and was shot down in enemy territory “I spent my 21st birthday in prison camp,” he said.
But Bartell came home when he says so many others did not.
To the sound of taps, Vietnam Veteran Jim Bejar told me “When I hear taps, it takes me back to those days and the troops that I lost in combat as their commander and I always remember each individual every one of them as being individual soldiers and remember their families and what they lost.”
The American Legion Chatham Post 135 hosted the ceremony in honor Memorial Day 2017.