Bremen, Ind. As many saw, Monday was a day filled with Memorial Day celebrations, but for one Michiana town it was more than that.
Some folks in Bremen say the town lost its spark, but one group known as “Bremen Community Cares” is working hard to make Bremen the place people want to stay.
In order to do that, they have been cleaning and beautifying the town, having a farmer’s market, a Halloween parade and more. That’s why Monday was extra special. The town had something they haven’t had in more than 20 years, a Memorial Day parade.
“I don't remember ever going to one. I think last year maybe 6 people were here to watch the VFW’s ceremonies travel down the street and so we just thought that veterans deserved a lot more thanks and honor than that,” says Jessica Flores, a member of “Bremen Community Cares”.
So did a lot of other people. That’s why dozens of people lined the street to watch the parade. Veterans filled wagons, third graders came out with signs thanking those veterans, fire trucks were there, others walked with pictures of loved ones who served and there was much more.
It was a way to say thank you and you will never be forgotten.
“When they went over there they really put their life on the line and a lot of them came back in baskets or all these guys were either in a wheel chair or on a gurney,” says veteran Esther Hill.
“We are not just here for today, we want people to remember this day and the full meaning of it and to remember our veterans and those who we lost in the wars. I was in Vietnam twice and it’s hard when you lose a friend and the sacrifices people made is just touching,” says another veteran, LeRoy Anderson.
There was such a great turnout at the parade Monday and “Bremen Community Cares” plans on having another one next year. If you want to volunteer or learn more about other events just go click here to go to their Facebook page.