DALLAS (CBS11) – Ever since Felecia Wilson’s father died in 2012, she’s come to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor him.
“I celebrate my dad. Not just a father, not just a hero to me, but a hero to everybody. A hero to his grand kids,” says Wilson.
Wilson is one of thousands of people who attended ceremonies at the DFW National Cemetery Monday.
She brought with her a poster-sized photo of her father, Richard Garey, a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.
“People come ask me questions about my father and that’s a way of keeping him alive.”
She says her father fought on the front lines of the Korean War, and was one of only three members of their troop to return home.
“He didn’t want to stand up and be called a hero. The true heroes are the ones who did not come back.”
Before she left, this devoted daughter repeated an important ritual.
Wilson kissed the columbarium in which her father’s ashes remain. “I always kiss him. Love you dad.”
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