Hundreds attend Virginia War Memorial ceremony despite weather

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s the first time in years a ceremony that’s normally held outside was moved, but despite the threatening rain, there was still a huge turnout at the Virginia War Memorial on Monday.

James Williamson is not a vet himself but decided he needed to come.

0B2061F424E84FE59A9A12B334CF9197“Means a lot, I respect those that have served and I have a grandson who is serving in the navy now,” Williamson told 8News Reporter Mark Tenia.

“I have a number of friends who have a number of friends who have died during the course of their service,” added keynote speaker John Harvey.

Harvey, who served as an admiral in the Navy, says Memorial Day is one way to give thanks.

8E9AC857FB7E4A968796AC6BFC83ECC0“There’s only one word you can say and that’s thank you, and you’ve got to make that word mean something,” said Harvey.

He says it also shows those that sacrificed that the country they served will remember them.

“That’s just how a community becomes a community, because you do remember your past and you honor those who went before you and you honor those who died so that you could enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted,” Harvey said.

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