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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

KSEE 24: Memorial Day Celebrated At Fresno's Memorial Gardens

May 25, 2015
In The News

At only seven years old, Brandon Colwell knows the importance of honoring his grandfather and great-grandfather.

"These people were fighting and because of the Civil War," Brandon said.

His grandfather Don Colwell says they attend the Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Gardens every year, and they sit next to a veteran's grave that's very special, his father's.\

"It's the closest we can get to him on earth, and he's just very special," Colwell said.

Hundreds gathered Monday to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"You got to honor them because they died for the country and you got to honor them some way so this is the way we do it," Vietnam veteran Roy Allen Vogt said.

The ceremony included several speakers, a presentation of wreaths, and a dedication of the avenue of flags.

Al Perry, President of Central Valley Honor Flight was also honored at the event.

"It's a great day to be a veteran and to honor veterans," Perry said.

And Representative Jim Costa gave a presentation, saying Memorial Day should be celebrated every day.

"We have been the beacon of light around the world for freedom. Those liberties that we cherish today were not for free," Costa said.

But for Brandon, it will always be a day where he can remember the most important men in life.

"I like my papas, and they're special to me," Brandon said.