Updated 05/28/2012 05:54 PM
Sergeant David M. Fisher Memorial dedicated in Watervliet's Van Rensselaer Village
People throughout the City of Watervliet came together to honor our nation's heroes this Memorial Day. YNN's Beth Croughan tells us about the touching tribute made to one local soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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WATERVLIET, N.Y. -- "Take a few minutes and remember our troops and the people that give us our freedom and just to have a moment. That you know, does everything for me," said Victoria DeAugustine, the mother of the late Sergeant David Fisher.
During Monday's Memorial Day parade and ceremony, people in Watervliet took a moment to remember. A moment to remember soldiers like Army Sergeant David Fisher. Fisher is a hometown hero who died while on patrol in Iraq in 2004.
"When we lose somebody in the act of war, part of the unit dies, part of the family dies and also part of a community dies and we have experienced that here in Watervliet," said Colonel Mark Migaleddi, the Commander of the Watervliet Arsenal, during the remarks he made at the Watervliet Memorial Day Ceremony.
It is in Watervliet where a new memorial marks the memory of the life lost. A second ceremony was held Monday in the Watervliet Housing Authority's Van Rensselaer Village. The ceremony was held to dedicate the Sergeant David M. Fisher Memorial.
"Sergeant Fisher stood up as a beacon of freedom and said not on my watch, he donned the uniform, he laced up his boots, he put on the soldier necklace that we call dogtags, he donned his ruck sack and M-4 and fought for freedom," said Col. Migaleddi as he spoke to the crowd there.
Fisher fought for freedom that came at a cost to his family and community.
"It's not free and we have to be really grateful for all those men and women that do help us keep that freedom. There's a price to pay and that never ends for families and we all just need to be grateful," said DeAugustine.