Parading Our Pride

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

From New York to New Mexico to New Buffalo, Americans across the nation are celebrating Memorial Day in many of the same ways--lining gravestones with flags, gathering for memorial services, and holding community parades!

"Everyone loves a parade!" Dale Womack says while watching the bands and floats of the Mishawaka parade go by.

While there are millions of men and women we're honoring this holiday, we asked those enjoying the parade if one veteran stands out in their thoughts today.

"I'd like to remember my father on Memorial Day, says Jay Brendle whose father served in World War II.

"I think we wouldn't have the freedom we have right now had it not been for he and fellow soldiers like him who sacrificed their all at times to make this country great and free as it is," Brendle goes on to say.

Others couldn't pinpoint just one veterans on their minds.

"It's to honor all veterans who have died and who are still living today, especially the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan," says 13 year old Jeremy Doyle as he gets ready to march and play his trumpet.

But perhaps the most powerful ones to hear from today are the veterans themselves.

"Always remember that there's people that have sacrificed their lives for us to be doing this today," Vietnam veteran Steve Vellner.

"I love this country, just love the country, says Alan Badger. "It's just a wonderful place to be. We're all blessed to be here."

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