Albany veterans celebrate those lost in combat

Members of the American Legion Post 30 in Albany salute the flag during a memorial ceremony held on Memorial Day. / Doug Reardon

A day to remember.

That was the sentiment at the American Legion's annual Memorial Day breakfast Monday morning. Post 30 held the program at their facility on Gillionville Road in honor of those who lost their lives in combat. After a ceremonial flag raising service, attendees were treated to breakfast and a brief program that focused on the remembrance of fallen comrades.

"They're the reason why we are free today," said Post 30 Public Affairs officer and veteran Nick Nicholson. "Forty-million have served since this country was founded and over one-and-a-half million have died."

"Memorial Day, for me, remembers all the people that didn't make it back - the ones who served with me, " said Ray Humphrey, commander of Post 30. "I had a lot of friends that went to Vietnam with me that didn't come back. This is an opportunity to remember them and all the other young men that gave their lives for our country...the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice."

After the program was adjourned, veterans then performed wreath-laying ceremonies at three locations in Albany including Veterans Park and outside of the courthouse in downtown Albany.