Remembering A Veteran


By Ellis Eskew

  On Memorial Day - American flags mark the graves of fallen servicemen and women In cemeteries across Montgomery and the U.S.

   And Many people are also taking time to honor not just those who died in combat - but all military men and women who served their country.

Lydia and Chas Jackson stand at the gravesite of Lydia's father James K. Houghton.
This Memorial Day they place a flag and flowers at his grave.
It's something Lydia says they do all the time.

"We come each year and not only on memorial day, but other significant holidays such as his birthday, 4th of July and whenever we feel the need to be close to him," says Lydia.

James Houghton was a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army.
He served in World War II along with the Korean War.
He died at 87 years old.
For his family, being able to come to his grave on days like today is meaningful.

"It's really important you never have closure when you have a parent or loved one here. You know where they are and have that closeness and spiritual time frame with them," says Chas.

Across the cemetery you can tell other families have marked the graves of their veterans as well.

The Jacksons say they hope more Americans will take the time this holiday to reflect on what it is all about.

"For people to just remember that this is Memorial Day. It's not just a day for picnicking and shopping and being off, but we need to remember those who passed on before us...and especially our veterans because this is actually their day," said Lydia.

Houghton was born in Fitzpatrick and moved to Ohio when he was a boy.

The family moved back to Montgomery in the 1980s.

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