Henry County pays tribute to fallen heroes

Published: May. 29, 2017 at 4:53 PM CDT
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In Henry County, an army colonel from Abbeville paid tribute to the hundreds of men and women from that community who died serving our country.

The flag waved high at Henry County Veterans Memorial Park as about 100 people gathered to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. Many in the crowd were veterans and military service members like Colonel Mickey Baker.

"Patriotism runs through my veins just like the other people here, it means so much."

Col. Baker is originally from Abbeville. He is now at Fort Sheridan, Illinois serving with the 330th Medical Brigade. He takes pride in his roots and the veterans who served from his hometown, around a dozen were there Monday. That includes Marquis Wingard, a marine who served in the Korean and Vietnam War.

"I’m proud to be a marine,” said Wingard. “I was glad to see there were enough people that cared about us here in this area, which they would come out for it."

Wingard was one of a few veterans in the county to receive a coin from Col. Baker.

"To let them know that we haven't forgot you. Giving them that coin has significance that out of all the other people, you're number one. You did an outstanding job,” added Col. Baker.

Nearly 400 names of men and women are engraved in the granite monuments in the center of the park.

They paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Civil War, World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam and Iraq.

Men and women with a common goal; defend and protect our freedom.

279 of those remembered in Henry County died during the Civil War.