Retired Col. Bud Day Laid To Rest

Retired Col. Bud Day Laid To Rest

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FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA -

There was a packed auditorium in Fort Walton Beach Thursday morning to remember the life of retired Colonel Bud Day.

"He'll defintely be missed here locally by all of us here in the community and certainly we've lost a national treasure," said a friend.

Patriot Guard Riders stood near family and friends as Day's casket was carried out of the Emerald Coast Convention Center. A procession led Day to his final resting place on board NAS Pensacola.

"He was a good friend and a good man," said a friend.

The retired vet was highly decorated and was a war hero. He fought in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. That's where most remember Day's time in service. He was held captive there for 5 1/2 years.

"There's nothing that we can do to come close to repaying the courage and the patriotism and the distinguished service of Bud Day and this is just a small token," said a friend.

U.S. Senator John McCain became a POW during the war, too. He spent time with Colonel Day during those years. Senator McCain spoke at the memorial service about his friend, someone he had known for a long time.

 

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