Vets honored in annual Va. Beach Memorial Day Ceremony

A photo from the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial in Virginia Beach. Credit: WAVY/Andy Fox

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach honored members of the armed forces “who gave their all” on Monday in a Memorial Day ceremony.

The annual ceremony, held at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, featured a 21-rifle salute as well as remarks from Mayor Will Sessoms and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.).

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10 On Your Side found Marine Duane Trowbridge remembering Chosin Reservoir at Monday’s event.

In 1950, 30,000 United Nations troops were attacked by 120,000 Chinese troops.

Trowbridge, said, “I remember…It was chilly. It was negative 50 degrees with snow …a lot of snow. We lost a lot of people. Some of them are still there.  We couldn’t bring them all out.”

Andre Mayfield remembers the USS Cole and family friend Cherone Louis Gunn.

“I knew him as a young sailor, that his father was very proud of him,” Mayfield said. “We were all proud that he joined the Navy, and that  he was taken away from us at such a young age.”

Lee Scarborough remembers his platoon leader, who died last week at age 88.

“You think of the guys you served with. And they’re gone. I am 85, and all that kind of stuff. Time marches on,” Scarborough said.

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Terry Breen remembers his uncle, who died at Normandy in 1944.

“John Breen served as a paratrooper in Normandy, and actually died on July 4 of that year, shortly after the invasion.”

The Stets were in Virginia Beach Monday, and remember their son Mark Stets, who died in a car explosion in Pakistan.

“He was a great guy. He had a great sense of humor. We’ve been able to reconnect with the battalion down there recently, and it is an honor to be around men who remind me of my son,” Nancy Stets told 10 On Your Side.

It was said in Virginia Beach Monday we are remembering the fallen heroes of our nation. The finest our country had to give.