By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Saturday's memorial gave
those who knew Day closely a chance to share their memories and thoughts about
They brought pictures they took with the hero, along with
Many said Bud made an immediate impression on their
lives, one that will not soon be forgotten.
"I just remember
him as a good man, you could just tell his spirit was for the county and for
the human beings. He was just a great guy," said Former Airport Board
Chairman Vince Kramper, who got to know Day during the dedication of the
airfield in his honor.
While Day may best be known among civilians for his highly
decorated military career, the fight he took on in Washington, over veterans benefits, is also
It was a battle Day's friends say he embraced.
"His achievement in
life wasn't a POW, surviving it yes, but coming out with the attitude he had
for the men and women that were serving, that were still out there fighting, to
make sure that every man and women that serves in the military deserves the
benefits that they fought for," said Day's friend R. Doc Zortman.
Day took his fight for life-time health care for veterans
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Although he lost, many of the changes Day
championed were ultimately adopted by Congress.
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