NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Members of the Post 5 29th Infantry Division Association gathered in Norfolk on Veterans Day to honor fellow service members.
“It’s a focal point for the 29th,” said post commander John Lane about the memorial built at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Lane has been a part of the group for more than twenty years and says the memorial was funded by a fellow member of the 111th Field Artillery Battalion for his fallen comrades, who died during World War II in Normandy, France.
While the monument is dedicated to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, the ceremony also focused on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the precursor for Veterans Day.
“The gravity of the people who died and everything else was atrocious,” Lane said about World War I.
Speakers at the event said that the world is still feeling consequences of the results of that war, including conflicts in the Middle East.
Lane believes it’s important to continue to tell younger generations about what happened because they feel the effects.
While many veterans who fought and serve didn’t give the orders to fight, but their service and sacrifices are life-changing for those at home and we’re grateful for them.
“I think people need to recognize the fact that what these people go through to become veterans and what it means to them. Who you are, what you are, what you’re able to do goes back to the military. It always has been since day one,” he said.