Singing, prayers and compelling war stories part of Memorial Day service

Singing, prayers and compelling war stories part of Memorial Day service
The program consists of music, remembrances, and a wreath laying
Congresswoman Martha Roby addressed veterans (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Congresswoman Martha Roby addressed veterans (Source: WSFA 12 News)

PIKE CO., AL (WSFA) - John Brown left this earth 15 years ago after he died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Brown's father, mother and the niece he never knew attended the Memorial Day service in Troy. James Brown says the years since he lost his son haven't always been kind.

"You take that one day at a time. Some days are good, some days are bad," said Brown.

Judy Gibson Jackson never knew her dad.  Radio operation Clarence Anderson Gibson's military plane went down almost 70 years ago in the Yukon. To this day, it's still not  clear what happened and why. Gibson's remains have yet to be  found.

"I would have loved to have known what my father would have been like, and I know my life would have been completely different. We would have probably been all over the United States," said Jackson.

These are the very people who were honored  during the service, a service that included words of comfort and an old familiar hymn known to millions such as 'Amazing Grace' sung by the Williams family from Banks, Alabama.

The Memorial Day program was supposed to have been held at Bicentennial Park in Troy but was moved inside, off the town square into the American Legion Hall because of the coming storm. Retired Army man Samuel Lewis fought in Vietnam and was shot. Lewis has never forgotten those who never made it home.

"And it lets me know I appreciate this country," said Lewis.

James Brown, Judy Gibson Jackson and Samuel Lewis come from different walks of life but on this day they were bound through loss, pain and sacrifice, together.

Congresswoman Martha Roby was the guest speaker for the Memorial Day program.

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