River Region observes Memorial Day
In Wetumpka and Prattville this morning, about 200 people between the two ceremonies paused to honor fallen troops.
At the Montgomery VA Medical Center, Col. Kris Beasley, 42nd Air Base Wing commander, encouraged attendees -- mostly veterans -- to remember not just those who have fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq, but in all of American military history.
Montgomery's new American Legion post hosted an observance at the Capitol and was drenched by the end.
They recognized Orlean Wells, a Gold Star Mother, for her sacrifice. Her son, Warrant Officer Charles G. Wells, was killed in Iraq on March 30, 2005.
Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen said today that nearly 5,000 troops have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since those campaigns began after 9/11.