KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Community members are kicking off Veterans Day early with a memorial service to honor those who lost their life battling for our country.
People listened to the names being read of the people who didn’t return home to their families.
Donna Ramsey, Jean Culbreath, Demetrius Rasberry, Herman Mclawhorn, Donald Jones and Terry Boyles were the six soldiers who never returned back to Lenoir County.
88-year-old World War Two Veteran, Jack Sutton, says he was drafted into the military at 18. He feels it’s important that everyone remembers those who protect and serve.
“I had two men in my neighborhood one was killed in Germany and another one who was killed. He was in the Marine Corps. He was one year older than me,” Sutton said.
Sutton says he was prepared to take on the world at such a young age, and he knew the potential sacrifice. “I was willing to serve my county and to defend my country,” explained Sutton.
Sutton says he’s proud of the soldiers who serve today, the ones who aren’t drafted to go.
“I take my hat off and I admire them. I think they are serving their county well.”
This Veteran’s Day, Sutton hopes that people take a moment to celebrate veterans both alive and fallen.