Crowd bears cold and rain to show ‘thanks’ to veterans

According to Middle Georgia State University President Christopher Blake, the university has 400 students who are active military and veterans.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)  – Today is a day we honor those who serve and defend our country.  Middle Georgia State University and Macon-Bibb observed Veterans Day this morning.

Today also marks the 100th year anniversary since the end of first World War. Middle Georgia State University is thanking and remembering those who have served this country,
but it’s also a monumental day.

“It makes you feel good to know that people still care about the veterans,” Perry Doyle, who’s a veteran, said.

On this chilly, rainy day, Doyle reflects on his time served in the air force and with the government for 50 years. He says it’s a warm feeling knowing he served his country.

“I felt like it was my duty to serve the country and it gave me a job, but I really joined the air force to protect the freedom of the United States,” he said.

At Coleman Hill in Downtown Macon, Middle Georgia State University and Macon-Bibb held a thanking and remembrance for the men and women who risked themselves for our freedom. Veterans received a pin at the ceremony.

“Many people don’t come back from the battlefield. They pay the ultimate price,” Middle Georgia State University President Christopher Blake said.

Blake says we shouldn’t thank our veterans just once a year.

“Men and women who put their lives at risk, in the service of their nation, who go into harms way, they’re doing that for really important reasons of freedom and justice and to try to keep peace in the world,” Blake said.

Blake says it may have been cold and rainy during the ceremony, but our men and women fought during all kinds of weather. He says the least we can do is be slightly uncomfortable during the event to remind us what our soldiers endure.

According to Blake, Middle Georgia State University has 400 students who are active military and veterans.

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