One of the CSRA's foremost advocates for veterans was the featured speaker May 27 at American Legion Post 71's annual Memorial Day gathering, sharing some thoughts on priorities and gratitude. Don Clark, an Army retiree also known as a local radio host and deputy director of ForcesUnited (the former Augusta Warrior Project), said the day is "a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and their core values by honoring those who have given their lives for the ideals that we cherish." He added, "We in this country owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so that we can continue to live free. How do we repay that debt? By never forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for, and by continuing to serve our communities, protect our families and cultivate the next generation of patriots to defend and serve our great country."