Family set up Memorial Day monument in their yard to honor those who serve

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus couple has their own unique way of honoring those who have served in the military on Memorial Day.

German Silva and his wife Billie live on Rowland Avenue and have for nearly a decade.

For the past seven years, they have set up a monument in the front of their home to honor those who put their lives on the line, dedicating themselves to this country, including members of their own family.

"I want them to know that we stand behind them. I do this for them. It's memorial weekend and people see it as Vietnam, the wall. I see it as every soldier and everybody there is. It represents all soldiers then and now," says resident German Silva, Jr. 

They both served in their own way. Billie served for eight years as a combat medic, assisting with cataracts. German served as personnel, like his father, in Korea. They say this day is about honoring everyone who serves and has served this country.

"My father-in-law is buried in Fort Benning. My brother-in-law was in the Army. There's a long family line, my husband was in the military and we're just very proud," says resident Billie Silva.

They say placing the monument in their yard shows everyone who drives by what Memorial Day truly means to them.

"I want them to feel safe, free and remember the people that serve and have served," says Billie.

"This is the way I do it every year. I remember and I'll never forget," says German.

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