Korean War Casualties Honored in Decatur Monday

 Decatur - Paul Goldsboro, PFC Army and  William Waller, Army were just two of several names of the men who were killed in the Korean War while serving that were honored at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony.

It was part of Graceland-Fairlawn Cemetery's annual service to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"There's about 4 or 5 of them I went to school with that's gone, they paid it all," said Korean War veteran Gene Howell.

Another of those men was Richard Parlier's brother, Charles.

Richard, who made the trip from Iowa, says keeping his brother's memory alive is the reason Memorial Day means so much to him.

"He was killed in '52.  I'm very happy to see that so many people come to pay their respects.  That's the way it's supposed to be.  That's the thing that you need to do to keep it alive," he said.

For Howell, who was born and raised in Decatur, says the sacrifices made by his friends and fellow servicemen are what makes this country what it is.

"This is the greatest place outside of heaven to live.  We have our problems, but in no way would i ever leave this country.  This is worth fighting for any day.  We are the greatest," said Howell.

On a day filled with family and friends, it's up to us remember who fought so that we could have those chances.
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