Remembering Local Veterans At Neale-Cook Cemetery

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Sacrifice, honor and courage.

Saturday morning in Vienna, city and state officials along with soldiers helped re-dedicate the Neale-Cook Cemetery.

It was a time to remember 27 veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

"We have war veterans that are buried here from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam and we're going to commemorate the cemetery and the service of those veterans and all veterans nationwide that had given to our country over the years," says Vienna City Councilman, Paul Thornton.

Some of those in attendance spoke of the importance of remembering those who fought for our freedom.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Greg Smith, told a heart warming story about a teacher taking desks out of her classroom to have students realize the importance of honoring our veterans.

"It is up to you to sit here and it is your responsibility to earn and to learn and to be good students and good citizens because they paid the price for you to have that desk," added Smith.

One of the veterans in attendance was Eugene Stump of the U.S. Navy. He served in World War II.

"It's something that we and they all earn and I was proud to serve in my country and do what I could to win the war," replied Stump.

People at the ceremony had some kind words they would like to say to the vets here in the valley and across the nation.

"I thank you for what your children and your lost one was willing to do for me," Naomi Dixon said.

"Thank you for your service, thank you for defending us and thank you for keeping our way of life," says Vienna Mayor, Randy Rapp.

Along with those 27-veterans, other notable people buried at the Neale-Cook Cemetery include President Andrew Jackson's Great Grandfather, and a relative of President Zachary Taylor.