American Legion in Junction City honors POW, MIA

400 veterans are buried on the grounds and this Memorial Day; American legion post 61 took the time to remember those men and women who were unable to return home.

Posted: May 27, 2019 5:07 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Veterans and their families gathered at Rest Lawn Cemetery in Junction City Monday to remember Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.

The Commander for the Sons of the American Legion, Robert Gambetti, said it's an honor and privilege to join together every Memorial Day with men and women who have served.

"I've got relatives who were in the Korean war and never came back. My brother was in Korea. You know there are 6,000 people that are still in Korea somewhere," said Gambetti.

400 veterans are buried on the grounds and this Memorial Day; American legion post 61 took the time to remember those men  and women who were unable to return home.

Commander of the post, Fred Jamieson, said it's not about remembering their sacrifice once or twice a year, but every day.

"It makes my heart pitter and patter (sic) when I come and see this. It's my job - it's part of me to come and so this. I enjoy it," said Jamieson.

Cynthia Beal manages the cemetery and says she keeps their memory alive, through research and learning about the fallen soldiers.

"One of the things about the cemetery that I love so much is that every cemetery is unique because no one can be buried in more than one place. So when you think about it you're looking at the footprint of a community," said Beal.

Those in attendance said that they will be right here next year honoring those who have given so much for our freedom.

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