Posted: May 26, 2014 4:27 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 26, 2014 6:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people gathered at the USS Kidd Memorial Plaza Monday afternoon to remember the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.
At the ceremony, flowers were handed out to family and friends who taped them to a wall that held the names of the American heroes who died fighting for their country.
Speakers told the attendees that today is about remembering and reflecting, not celebrating. That is something Vietnam War Veteran Edward Times knows all too well.
"What Americans should realize is freedom is not free," Times said. "Men have died for us to have this freedom to go to these functions, and it's an honor these people have served."
Jeannie Spell came out to remember those who lost their lives, like one of her loved ones, Donald Wayne Sistruck who died in the Vietnam War.
"It was very emotional because we always talked about him, and it was really special to see his name on this wall," Spell said. "I've seen it in D.C., but this is the first time I've seen it here."
As the people who attended saluted the flag, the National Anthem played. It was a fitting and poignant tribute to our fallen American heroes.
"Remembrance," Vietnam Veteran Bob Breaux said. "Those who have given their lives in defense of our country and freedoms."
If you would like to pay your respects, the Memorial Plaza that bears the names of the fallen is open seven days a week.