Posted: Nov 11, 2010 6:30 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Nov 11, 2010 6:37 PM
Whether it was on the sea, in the air or on the ground, Acadiana is thanking Veterans.
Many of those heroes are husbands, wives, sons and daughters.
At Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette, flags mark the place where a veteran is laid to rest.
Those veterans were remembered alongside living vets in an hour-long ceremony with a military gun salute, honor guards and patriotic music.
An emotional day, where friends and family thank those who fought under their flag.
"The songs and the thoughts and especially the missing of a loved one," Dian Credeur said.
Credeur came to the cemetery with her sister to remember her brother-in-law, Percy Guidry.
Guidry served in the military for 20 years. He passed away in April.
"It really means a lot to us now." Credeur says, "we really realize how important it is for our men and women to protect our freedom here."
"Just being here, it makes me feel like i've accomplished something for him," Erin West said of her husband.
James West fought with the U.S. Navy for years- then he fought cancer at home. He passed away in august.
"Being in the Navy was one of his proudest and most enjoyable times," West said.
"There's a lot of emotion whenever they have these services," Veteran John Melancon said.
Melancon is an Army Veteran of the Korean War.
Every year, he comes to the cemetery for Veterans Day and every year, he says the meaning of this day remains unchanged.
"It's honoring ourselves as veterans, it's honoring other veterans." Melancon says, "it's honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice."
The ceremony celebrated all veterans.
Across the country, they number 23-million strong.