KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- It was a day of both honor and reflection as many across the Triad gathered at the Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park to honor our veterans.
"My first one. I just don't feel comfortable coming around. I went to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. twice and I just couldn't take it. I cried,” said Mike Griffin as he shook his head.
For years Griffin, who is a Vietnam Veteran, has put off attending Veterans Day celebrations, like this one.
"My younger brother, he died in Cambodia,” he mentioned.
However, with him knowing that he would see his grandson Friday, Griffin couldn’t help but come.
"I don't get to see him that often,” he smiled.
The Field of Honor is the largest memorial to honor veterans on the East Coast outside of Washington D.C. It opened in 2014 and was constructed by the War Memorial Foundation Board.
More than 2,500 names are enshrined at the Carolina Field of Honor. Each one significant for Army Veteran Douglas Williams.
“People got to understand freedom ain't free man. You got to respect what these guys done,” Williams emotionally said.
Both Douglas and Griffin agreed on one thing Friday.
"I would do it again for my country,” Griffin said.
"I would go now if I could. That’s just the way it is,” Williams would also say.
We just can't forget these lives that we lost man,” he continued.