Chuck Blankin, commander of the American Legion Post, said military service has become unknown to many in the USA, and people have become disconnected from the sacrifices of those who serve.
On Monday afternoon dozens gathered at the Montana Veterans Memorial to recognize Memorial Day. “I got to the tail end of the Vietnam War”.
“Today is the day we set aside to honor those who didn’t make it to veteran status, veterans like me”, Rollins said.
A single American flag is placed next to every headstone in the 25 developed acres of the cemetery.
“I want to be here by myself with my memories of my dad and friends who are buried here”, the Douglas County resident said.
This event has been going on for over a century.
Veterans, active military and civilians came together to pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Bonaventure Cemetery. “The ones who died in wars around the world and gave up their lives for everyone who lives in the United States”.
“It means honor guys who have given their lives”, says Robert Johnson, veteran of the Marines.
The Englewood Veterans Memorial group organized the May 28 event at Englewood High School.
She said a 27-year-old local man drove straight through the cross display in the Henderson park, about 130 miles west of Louisville, just before 6 a.m. Saturday, but investigators don’t know if it was deliberate. We have a wide variety of people in the service, and they’re fighting for all. My dad served. It’s an honor to be able to come out here and do it. It’s what this whole weekend’s about. not the barbecues, not everything else. “It’s just a very special day and I will continue coming to this as long as I am still here”. “I was an Army brat so I lived through Vietnam without being in Vietnam”, says Babin. As time passed, other states adopted the Memorial Day tradition that is now a national holiday, Garcia said.
“The first day you lost a brother you understood what Memorial Day was”, Johnson said of when the holiday truly gained meaning for him while he was serving in Baghdad in 2004.