VA Medical Center honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

VA Medical Center honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Claudia Coco (WGXA)

DUBLIN, Ga -- The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center held a Memorial Day Ceremony Sunday to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This ceremony means the world to veterans.

Dr. Robert Oliver was drafted at age 35 in 1968.

"I went in the Navy so I could stay out of trenches and I got my order as Fleet Marine Force, Vietnam," said Dr. Oliver.

He was a general surgeon in Vietnam, he said he remembers that year and those men well.

"It was really one of the most rewarding years of my life," said Dr. Oliver "I did sow a lot of wounded young boys we were able to save, a lot of them we didn't though."

Dr. Oliver said Memorial Day honors the ones they couldn't save. A ceremony like the one the VA holds, means so much to veterans. A moment of silence was held for those lost, prisoners of war, and soldiers missing in action. One speaker mentioned how the worst fate for a soldier is to be forgotten and Memorial Day preserves their memory.

"Honoring those that didn't make it, they're the real heroes," Dr. Oliver said.

James McNeal served in the Army from 1985 to 1988, he now works as an Honor Guard escort coordinator. He devotes his life to paying respect those who served.

"Memorial day means to me, just honoring our fallen heroes," said McNeal.

McNeal said it's a privilege to lay veterans to rest and give them the respect the deserve.

"It's an honor for us to be able to let the families know that we cared about them," said McNeal.

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