Chattanooga: Hundreds gather to honor fallen soldiers

Chattanooga: Hundreds gather to honor fallen soldiers

May 30th, 2011 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local Regional News

Ken Starry, right, Puts his hat over his heart during the National Anthem today at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. He and other people from around the area gathered there to honor people who currently serve in the military and those who served in the past.

Photo by Allison Carter/Times Free Press.

In a somber voice, Patty Parks, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, gave the last roll call to honor the fallen soldiers that died this year from the Chattanooga area.

Several hundred sat in silence while others stood from a distance near the Armed Forces Pavilion at the Chattanooga National Cemetery during today's Memorial Day service.

"I'm honored to recognize our fallen veterans for the past year and saddened," Parks said to the crowd.

From the distance, people could be seen placing flowers along the graves of veterans. A small American flag waved in the breeze in front of each tombstone.

When Vietnam veteran Roger Helle spoke he pointed out that the soldiers still serving must also be remembered today.

"If we do not honor the ones who are serving now and by doing that keeping America free ... we dishonor those who paid the ultimate price," he said.