Vermont Man Visits Cemetery Paying Respects to Over 3200 Veterans Buried There

by Chris Haney
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On Wednesday morning, a Vermont man spent time paying his respects to more than 3,200 veterans laid to rest at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

“It’s special down here. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place,” said Navy veteran Dwayne Williams.

Williams, from Randolph, VT, said he normally goes to the cemetery to visit the grave of his Army veteran father. He frequently thanks the other veterans buried there for their service as well, according to WPTZ-TV of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

He says the men and women buried at the veteran’s cemetery are all heroes who deserve our respect.

“I wanted to touch every stone here today and say their names and pay respect to these men and women that have served our country,” he said. “They’re all heroes. I’m just a guy from South Burlington who just wanted to pay respect.”

Williams thinks it is the least he could do to honor them in some way. He wants the veterans who have passed to be remembered and to know they’re not forgotten and did not die in vain.

More Feel-Good News About U.S. Veterans

On Wednesday, a 98-year-old World War II veteran received a nice surprise. His son organized a flyover above the veteran’s house to honor his father.

Dave Kahley and three more pilots flew planes from Virginia to York County to pay respects to his father Arlington “Art” Kahley. The pilots flew four North American T-6 Texan planes over Art’s home. The veteran joined a small crowd to watch the planes fly by from above as they honored him.

Additionally, a veteran has hiked almost 500 miles through Colorado to bring awareness to veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, including himself.

Harold Peck Jr. began his long trek back in July. Peck served in the army for 28 years. During his time spent in the military, he served five tours in Iraq. When Peck left the armed forces he had severe PTSD and an addiction to several medications.

Peck has invited both fellow military veterans and civilians to join him on his hikes. He started his hike on July 12 and hopes to finish it on Oct. 4.

[H/T FOX News]