(WFXR) — Several Memorial Day events took place around central Virginia on Monday, dedicated to honoring and remembering the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice as they served our nation.
Three Medal of Honor recipients who called Lynchburg home were remembered at Monument Terrace on Monday, May 30.
“We have three of Lynchburg’s heroes who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor… All three of them received their medal for saving the lives of other soldiers,” former Lynchburg Police Chief Charles Bennett said at Monday’s ceremony.
Over in Bedford, there were two Memorial Day events, including the annual observance at the National D-Day Memorial, featuring a keynote address from Navy pilot turned motivational speaker, Dave Carey.
Later on Monday, at the Greenwood Cemetery, the Bedford International Alliance paid tribute to ‘the Bedford Boys,’ the soldiers from Bedford who lost their lives during World War II as members of Company A of the 29th Infantry Division.
Songwriter, Rick Dellinger sang once again. He wrote a song called “Bedford Men,” saying in the song that the soldiers left Bedford as boys, but became men as they fought for their lives.
“They left home as Bedford boys, but they went and on the first day of the Battle at Normandy, they became men. They fought, and a lot of them died before they ever hit the beach,” said Dellinger.
Dellinger wrote the song for a friend who was a Bedford Boy.
“Roy Stevens was one of the last surviving Bedford Boys, and Roy and I were good friends,” he said.
The song was also written for the friends and family of the fallen soldiers, like Joyce Horne, whose uncle was one of the Bedford Boys.
“He joined the National Guard, like a lot of the other young men did, for that dollar a week because that was a lot of money then,” said Horne.
Horne says she takes time every year to reflect on who her uncle was and the impact he had on their family and America.
“Bedford is such a patriotic little town to keep this going,” she added.
All of Monday’s ceremonies emphasized that members of the military sacrifice their futures for our present.