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A Memorial Day family tradition at Port Hudson

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Posted: May 26, 2014 6:28 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: May 26, 2014 6:28 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: port hudson, memorial day, honor, remember, leachman, montgomery, haerther, waldo and shirley, army, family, japan

ZACHARY- Remembering fallen service members was a family affair for some this Memorial Day at the Port Hudson National Cemetery.

Hundreds gathered on the hollowed grounds of the national cemetery Monday morning. Veterans honored their comrades, families introduced new additions, and a younger generation expressed an appreciation for the fallen.

"I actually enjoy coming here, and I wish people my age would really like coming here because it is nice to come here," said Brooke Montgomery. "It makes me feel like whenever I die they're going to come out and like come see me and stuff and just not leave me here all alone."

Montgomery came to visit her great grandparents. Waldo and Shirley Haerther met while serving in the Army in Japan in 1951. They got married in Tokyo, just two months after they met. Now, they're burred side by side at Port Hudson.

"They actually passed away five months apart so dad went first and then I never thought in a million years that my mother would go five months later but she did, thy were so much in love that she missed him that much," said Roxanne Leachman, Waldo and Shirley's daughter. "They really, really really loved each other."

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