What Memorial Day means

It’s not about cookouts, the pool, or even having fun with your family. Today we honor America’s fallen heroes.

Those men and women who sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms. 

We asked local veterans to talk about their service, their memories, and what the holiday really means.

Glenn Hook, a World War II veteran, a husband of 68 years, and father of two has been unable to speak of his time serving his country since he returned home decades ago.

Sacred are the memories of those who have been killed in action. Sanctified are the thoughts of what could have been for brothers by blood and action, Mike Presson and Robert Martin.

Martin, a Vietnam War veteran says, "Every Memorial Day I’m just thankful and glad me and my brother were here."

Today is about solidarity for members of Paducah’s VFW Post 1191 as they remember their time serving our country and the memories of their brothers who never came home.

"To make sure we both got home safe and that we did our job to the best of our ability," said Martin.

Different in age, backgrounds, and even wars but their bond is the same…their family-in-uniform, their love for America, and the sacrifice of war.

"I haven’t thought about anything. Glad to live for one more," said Hook.

The Paducah VFW Post 1191 will have barbecue on sale today starting at 11:00 a.m. All proceeds go to the VFW’s mission of helping veterans and their families.

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