Tipton County remembers veterans on Memorial Day - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Tipton County remembers veterans on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, veterans from all across the Mid-South honored those who have lived and died in the line of duty.

A monument stands as a memorial to Tipton County veterans who have lost their lives serving the county.

In all, more than 300 men from the Mexican War to Vietnam made the ultimate sacrifice. 

"We say they gave their lives but they had their lives taken away from them and the sad part about it is they didn't have a life to live," retired US Navy veteran Bill Jim Davis said.

Davis is the last Pearl Harbor survivor in Tipton County.

He and other veterans gathered Sunday to share their thoughts and pay tribute to those who have gone on before them.

"I respect all the men from all the wars, the ones living now and serving - I have high respect for them," retired US Army veteran Norman Crittenden said.

Jim Hardin just returned from Iraq. 

He brought his grandson to the ceremony in hopes of starting the patriotic tradition early.

"His father, my son-in-law, is serving in Iraq right now as well," Hardin said.

The veterans feel that practicing patriotism is something we should all do more of.

We need to train our young people to be patriotic, this is a great country," Crittenden said.

"I think it'll stir up their patriotism a little bit if they just give a little thought to it," Davis said.

Formerly know as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began as a time to honor Union soldiers from the Civil War.

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