RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- Hundreds of people showed up at the Virginia War Memorial this morning to pay tribute to those Virginians who have lost their lives defending our freedom.
"I'm just proud and thankful," said Richard Featherstone.
"It makes us feel proud," said WW II Vet, Russell Beggs.
"I still share the tears," said Vietnam Vet Ernest Smith. He visits the War Memorial often, and every time he get's the same feeling, especially on this Memorial Day.
"Tearful. Very tearful. T-e-a-r-f-u-l. Tearful. Very tearful," he said.
He even carries a tissue around, in his right hand.
"There are many names on this wall. These are people that have given their lives, given everything they had and we should come and give thanks," said Featherstone.
"It's a wonderful feeling to be here and I get so many thank you's. That makes you proud," said Beggs.
A moment of pride for those who have served, or are serving now. A moment of humility for those who haven't and a moment to always remember those names forever etched in the memorial.