Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Memorial Day weekend will be busy at the Landmark of Lake Charles – the retirement center is planning a series of events to honor veterans.
Veterans there say it brings them joy to be recognized.
“It means the world to me,” said resident Charles Miers.
Miers is a Navy veteran who served for 16 years and, at age 72, says he would do it again.
“I would, age doesn’t matter to me, it just doesn’t matter,” he said.
Retired teacher Linda Banga comes from a military family and has always taught her students how to honor our country with melodies like this.
“It is our red, white and blue flag, in front of it we are proud and faithful”, sang Banga.
She and other residents are proud to honor the men and women who have given so much.
“I believe we should honor our country, respect it, thank our veterans for what they did because many of them sacrificed their lives. Their blood is finished in fields all over the world and I am very grateful to them,” Banga said.
And although the holiday honors those who have died in service, veterans are grateful to see such support.
“I feel honoured,” Miers said.
“I appreciate your appreciation for serving, and I served for what I did, and thank you, I appreciate it,” resident Bobby Ray Johnson said.
Landmark’s Memorial Day celebration will begin Saturday with lunch, followed by an outdoor procession where flags will be displayed for the 35 veterans the center has lost since Hurricane Laura.
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