Silverleaf Honors Veterans and "Old Glory"

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For generations the American flag has served as a symbol for the values our country holds dear. On Wednesday at Silverleaf Manor in Meridian, members of "The Greatest Generation" were given another chance to honor the Red, White & Blue.

"When we were going through World War II, we didn't complain. We knew what the war was being fought for and today we know what the war is being fought for, freedom," said Mary Louise Cobb, a resident at Silverleaf.

Residents there wanted to replace a worn flag. The local chapter of Disabled American Veterans stepped in and made a donation of Old Glory. With this symbolic gesture and flag raising, the organization was able to further celebrate this image of freedom.

"It means everything. It means the world to me," said Jimmy Reece, who represented the Disabled American Veterans at the ceremony.

The organization also brought another powerful representation of those who have fought so hard for the freedoms we enjoy, the Prisoner of War Flag.

"We have people, military, that haven't been accounted for," Reece said. "It goes back years and years and year all the wars. We have them and we want to keep people thinking about them and keep people in Congress working on trying to locate them or get their remains, get them back to the United States."

More than 85,000 veterans are still considered missing in action from a generation that helped to secure the liberty of untold millions.

One of Meridian's most recognizable veterans, G.V. Sonny Montgomery, was able to participate in the flag raising. He is also a resident of Silverleaf. Montgomery was released from the hospital Tuesday evening and is currently undergoing therapy.