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Weirton Memorial Day speaker relives holding his fallen comrade in Vietnam, says today is not about the sales

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July 04 2021 08:00 pm

WEIRTON, W.Va. (WTRF) — About 200 residents headed to the Weirton Steel Honor Roll to pay their respects to our fallen heroes. The mayor called the turnout tremendous. 

While the crowd was sizable, guest speaker Jack Ernest called on everyone to remember freedom is not free. It’s more than open pools and cookouts. 

Tears filled eyes as he relived a battle in Vietnam, where he held his fellow Marine who called out for help. 

“He took his last breath as he laid in my arms. And I began to cry because I began to think about his mom and dad and how they must feel. If you think Memorial Day is about a sale, somewhere, you’re wrong-thinking. Because, that young man died defending this country so that you and I could stand here, today, right now, during this interview.” 

Jack Ernest, Vietnam Veteran, guest speaker at Weirton Memorial Ceremony

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