Patriots Point unveils Medal of Honor stamp

By Gregory Woods

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Flags flew high at Patriots Point as men and women in uniform and the community came out to honor Lowcountry veterans.

"This freedom we have ain't free," Navy veteran Sam Kirton said. "It costs money and it costs blood."

Marvin Veronee was another Veteran in attendance. He was in the Navy during World War II.

"I was assigned as a Naval gun fire officer with the 5th Marine Division, and that division served in the Hiroshima Operation," Veronee said. "Mostly what I did was to fire star shells at night to illuminate the frontline so that the Japanese couldn't sneak out and make attacks on the Marines."

Not only were war stories shared, but the Medal of Honor stamp was revealed.

The stamp honors the 464 WWII Veterans who earned the prestigious award. The Naval Academy Woman's Glee Club also gave a special performance.

"The fact that we are following the footsteps of those who have come before us and serving our country in such a manner is an honor. That's what makes all the difference and that is why we are here," said Emily Strong, the president of the Glee Club.

This day was a day to remember veterans, a special group of men and women who fought for the freedoms of all Americans.

"It's hard to explain," Kirton said. "Until you go to a foreign country and you see that flag flying out there, it does something to you."

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