Dozens honor fallen service members

JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Dozens attended a Memorial Day service in Jeffersontown.

The 16th annual event, hosted by the American Legion G.I. Joe Post 244 and the city of Jeffersontown, hosted the at the Jeffersontown Community Center. It was moved inside because of record heat.

Speakers and attendees say it's important to remember the real reason for the holiday.

"We can't forget about those people who are laying their life down everyday," said Maj. Gen. Carl D. Black, U.S. Air Force Retired. "And we here in this country, we've got a role to play, and we've got to get involved, and we've got to make sure that things are what they're supposed to be here."

Keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Bob Silverthorne, U.S. Army Retired, says this is a holiday to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"We should remember their families. You know these are men and women that had great promise. They had dreams for their future which will never be lived out. And it's our obligation to live that out for them," Silverthorne said.

During the program, Otis Williams was recognized for his service. Williams was a prisoner of war during World War II.

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