Fallen military members honored at Live Oak Memorial Gardens

A scene from the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday (Source: Live 5)
A scene from the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were remembered on Monday at Memorial Gardens on Ashley River Road.

American Legion Post 179 presented wreaths honoring each branch of the armed forces and placed flags on the graves of all Veterans.

"This is real important today because they recognize people who gave their lives for us," said Marine Corps veteran Tom Blizzard.

"People have a tendency to blend Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is about the dead, Veterans Day is about the living," said Marine Corps veteran James Gregory who drove cross country to attend the ceremony.

Ret. Maj. Gen. James Livingston, former Commander of the Marine forces reserve in New Orleans, Louisiana delivered the keynote address.

Livingston said today is a day to praise, not to mourn, and added there are almost 500 flags placed on the graves.

"We are here today to to pay our deepest respects to those fallen on the field of battle," the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient said. "Most served in foreign lands, who served in uniform are the cloth of the nation and gave their last measure of loyalty to our nation and now rest with our God."

Two of Marvin Wagner's family members are buried at the cemetery.

Both served in wars.

"I believe you can actually hear them like Gen. Livingston said, talking to you," said Navy veteran Wagner.

People of all ages came out to hear the true meaning of the day.

"It means a lot to me. I'm proud to be an American and If I had to serve again I would go there right now because that's the best thing you can do is to serve your country," said Navy veteran Raymond Ritter.

"That all the soldiers that we respect that the soldiers died," said 5-year old Jackson Hartwell who attended the ceremony with his grandfather.

Some tears were shed during Monday's tribute.

It was a day to honor those who may be gone but never forgotten for giving us the freedom we have.

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