MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – Memorial Day is an important reminder of the heroes that served this country and weren’t able to make it home. On Monday, family, friends, and the community remembered those lost and honored the sacrifices the heroes made in their service.
“Included in the service we have our honor guard which is the Vietnam vets the American Auxillary or the American Legion and the VFW,” said American Legion Post member Tom Ranta.
Negaunee, Gladstone, Marquette, and many more towns held ceremonies, performances, and even parades to continue the holiday. Communities raised the flag, performed military taps, and prayed over those who are lost.
“I have an MIA POW bracelet I’ve had it since 1970,” commented Vietnam Veteran Leo W. Smith.
Leo W. Smith served in the Vietnam War and wears this bracelet, remembering a comrade that’s been missing for over 50 years. For a lot of today’s celebration, Smith commented that he’s grateful that younger generations have formed a real sense of respect for these heroes.
“I have five grandkids and they’re all boys and every one of them is so respectful to military personnel,” continued Smith.
“Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation,” said VFW Post Commander Jason Wallner.
“You’re not gonna see them again all you have is what you have in your heart,” commented Community Member Yvonne Bonsal.
“I know you’ll never forget em. There is always an empty chair at your table for those who are serving we thank you for your sacrifice,” continued Tom Ranta.
Members of the community take this day as a day of reflection and to really understand what these stars and stripes really mean as americans family members and friends.