A day of remembrance with a gift to last a lifetime.
At the Marion County Veterans recognition celebration local veterans were given booklets commemorating the service of West Virginia veterans.
“It would be nice if this was done statewide. Each county in our state we would encourage, if they would want to do the same thing to get even more veterans statewide recognized,” said Kip Price, event organizer.
The booklet includes the names, faces and stories of those who’ve served. Many of the veterans in the booklet and in attendance served during WWII.
“Pearl Harbor is a day that won’t be forgotten because of all the memories and all the history. 2,300 soldiers and sailors that lost their lives and they will never be forgotten again but we will prevail in the end,” said Kenneth Satterfield, Army veteran.
Family members took time to reflect on the veterans no longer in their lives.
Price said he wants those veterans who did make it to know just how much they’re appreciated.
“I know how they really feel deep inside, I know they’re touched,” Price said. “That touches us to see them. Look at the crowd we had here today, look at the attendance.”
Organizers said the goal is to have an even bigger celebration of veterans next year.