For two military brothers, Veteran's Day a somber celebration and reminder of the price of freedom

GRAFTON, W.Va. (WDTV)- At 11:00 o' clock sharp, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, a Veteran's Day ceremony was held at Grafton National Cemetery.

The first interments at Grafton National Cemetery took place in 1867, after casualties in the Civil War.

"It's to remember soldiers. Especially those who served after World War I, overseas. Many have paid the supreme sacrifice and haven't returned," said Sgt. Keith Barnes, the director of the cemetery.

Among civilians and other veterans, two brothers stood, side by side, honoring the fallen. Donnis and David Barney both served in the Vietnam War.

"He was drafted and I volunteered," David explained.

Their parents, they said, were devastated.

"They weren't happy, but it all turned out for the best. They were proud of us afterwards," said David.

For the brothers, this day is bittersweet.

"It's a good day and a bad day. It's a good day to honor everyone, but it brings back a lot of memories," said Donnis.

"It gives you a heartfelt feeling to think of the many that have gone before us; we were very fortunate to be able to return," David added.

When asked why people should celebrate Veteran's Day, the answer was simple.

"To show tribute to our veterans and personnel serving, and to think of the freedoms we have in life now," David said.

Donnis continued, "It's the Veterans who made our country free, so we should say 'hats off' to them and we should be proud."