ST. GEORGE (News4Utah) – In southern Utah, Memorial Day services started early to beat the desert heat, but that didn’t seem to stop anyone from coming.
Hundreds filled the SunRiver Veteran Honor Park in St. George. Gold Star Father Jerome Gourley spoke of his youngest son Glen who was killed while serving in Iraq.
“Blew up his vehicle and killed him and three of his companions that day. Four families wept,” said Gourley.
Glen was killed in 2006, leaving behind his wife and four children.
“We visit his gravesite every chance we get,” said Gourley.
“I’ve got to be gracious and I’ve got to represent every one of those guys that didn’t make it, and that’s why we all do this,” said Veteran William Fortune.
“It’s a great deal more than a four day weekend. It’s an opportunity to celebrate service,” said Gourley.
“Very important for the new generations. If they don’t see and experience this, they don’t know what this is all about. And it doesn’t take many generations to lose that,” said Fortune.
“All of us are members of the country club, but not all of us pay dues. Service is the dues that we pay to belong to this great country club we call America,” said Gourley.