COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Residents of the Brazos Valley remember the veterans who are no longer here in many ways on Remembrance Day.
For some it’s getting the family out and hiking the trails of Veterans Park and Sports Complex, for others it’s reflecting seeing the name of a loved one etched into the wall of honor.
For Sarah Dobrovolny, she remembers her father today on a special day, which she does every year during this time.
“This is my father Charles L. Dobrovolny. He served in Alaska during World War II, ”she explained, naming her father’s name.
Her father, a U.S. Army veteran, is no longer with us, she said, seeing names on the wall is a reminder of the moving impact of those who served.
“Memorial Day isn’t just about celebrating and having fun, it’s about remembering these people. It seems like the best place to celebrate the lives of these people and see how many people are on this wall,” she added.
The Wall of Honor is just one side of the 12-acre Veterans Memorial Site. Some visitors took advantage of the many exhibits from the great wars, including the Fleming family.
When asked why he was at the park on Monday, William Fleming said it was to “remember the long wars and the people who fought there”.
Her veteran father Kenneth Fleming said seeing the memorials was a learning time for his children.
“People gave their lives in each of these events, it’s not just a specific event, but it’s a story of sacrifice. For us, it’s important.”
Kenneth Fleming says learning is a priority for his family and being at the park is why we are observing the holidays.
“By going through each of these, the older ones can read and read the signs and learn something new and the little ones can just discover the sequence of what happened first, second and third and they can also be active,” Kenneth added.
Fleming who served in the US Air Force says he thinks there are a number of reasons people move into the military, but honoring them should be the same.
“Sometimes it’s mental illness, sometimes it’s in the middle of war. I think I know more people who have suffered from mental health issues,” Kenneth said. “Being in danger is really the same heart behind self-sacrifice,” he added.
Even the youngest inhabitants of the Brazos Valley look to the flag today, like April, who is just counting them.
“I made a homemade flag. I’m actually counting how many flags I can find .. right now I find I think it’s 39. I’m not sure. I forgot. I will go on and count the flags, “7- April Vajdak, a one-year-old resident of Brazos Valley.
“We all love to experience these great moments in history, but sometimes we freeze up and miss the cost, not only for the people who have lost their lives, but also for those around them, the family members who have been left behind. for account, ”added Kenneth Fleming. .