American Legion Post 20 Honors U.S. Heroes

By Megan Carpenter |

Published 05/26 2014 06:23PM

Updated 05/26 2014 11:00PM

PLATTSBURGH, Ny.- The American Legion Post 20 holds a Memorial Day Ceremony each year.  Veterans say no matter how long it has been, they will always remember every second of their service to the U.S.

"I was with the United States Army," says Ronald Wood Sr., who served in Korea.  "I still remember my number, RA12542876."

166 people filled the American Legion Monday to remember those who gave their lives and honor those who survived.  Mayor Jim Calnon reflects on his first year at the ceremony.

"We remember the folks who have fallen in battle, there's no question, but there's also other injuries people bring back with them," says Mayor Calnon.  "Sometimes, those are things that affect them for the rest of their lives."

Veterans from nearly every war were represented at the ceremony on Monday.  They say 'thank you' is not required, but it means the world when it is said.

"We must never forget those who gave their life so we could be here," says Wood Sr.  "It's a way of remembering who served, why they serve, and the freedom we have today because of them."

The American Legion says three former prisoners of war still live in Plattsburgh currently.

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