Meridian, Miss. US Army Sergeant Robert S. "Shane" Pugh was Killed in Action in Iraq on March 2nd, 2005, but his legacy is living on through Meridian's "Veterans of Foreign Wars" Post 12124, named after him because of the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. VFW Commander Norm Copeland says that since the Post is relatively new, this is their first wreath-laying at Pugh's grave site, but it certainly won't be the last.
"I can think of no better way to give tribute to him, than to hold a VFW Post which will be here forever. His name will always be on our charter, and every year we will return to the same site to render honors to him, and to recognize his sweet mother."
Members of the VFW Post, along with its Ladies Auxiliary honored Pugh by reading a proclamation, as well as laying a wreath and other tokens of remembrance at his resting place. Pugh's mother, Wilma Allen, a VFW "Gold Star Mother," says that having this post named after her son is an honor.
"I'm very proud of Shane, and this Post stands for all veterans. It's just a great honor."
Both Copeland and Allen agree that Memorial Day is a special time where all Americans should remember the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made.
"This is what Memorial Day truly is, when we remember those guys and gals that gave so much for this country. May God bless them all."
"Memorial Day is a lot more than the cookouts and barbecues. There are men that fought and died for this country, and that is what Memorial Day is for, and this is just a great honor that they did something like this for my son."