Warner Robins holds service to honor veterans

Warner Robins holds service to honor veterans

Veterans gathered out in front of Warner Robins City Hall Wednesday for a service sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 33.

 

It began as motorcycle groups thundered down Watson Boulevard.

Service members from all walks of life and their families made up the crowd. .

At the event, older veterans were praised for their service, future military members were encouraged, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were remembered.

One of the veterans in attendance was Carswell Winne, or "Mighty Moose," as his friends call him.

He served in World War II as a former plane captain in the Navy.

He explains what Veterans Day means to him:

"I look forward to it because, not that I want to be in the limelight or anything like that, but I want America to recognize every person that signed their name on that dotted line, saying I'm willing to give up my life for my country."

Burl Jimmerson, a Vietnam veteran, was one of the speakers.

He served in the Air Force for seven years.

For him, he says this day is significant, because after the Vietnam War, he says they did not necessarily get recognition for their service.

"We were scorned," Jimmerson says.

He appreciated the ceremony today and what it represented.

"When I come to a city like Warner Robins, and I've been here since 1974, and the people here have welcomed me as a veteran. I will never allow our veterans to come home in the same situation that the Vietnam veterans came home."


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