Lynchburg, VA - A World War II veteran is being remembered for his efforts to make sure we never forget the sacrifices our military service members.
Rev. E. Clarence Perdue, 94, died Friday at his daughter's home in Louisa. Perdue was instrumental in the planning and dedication of Lynchburg's war memorials at Monument Terrace in 1986, according to troop rally organizer Steve Bozeman. Bozeman said Perdue was responsible for organizing the Memorial Day and Veterans Day Observances at Monument Terrace, before turning those responsibilities over to Bozeman.
Bozeman said Perdue attended the Friday rallies as his health allowed. The two men spoke over the phone the day before Perdue died.
"I tell you what, it was just meant to be. We talked briefly and I think he realized then everything was in good hands in Lynchburg and it was time to go," said Bozeman.
Perdue fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, Perdue worked his farm in Nelson County, graduated from divinity school, and became a pastor.
Perdue's funeral was held Tuesday in Nelson County. He'll be laid to rest Wednesday in Maryland, where he was born.