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Grand Island recognizes Memorial Day with annual ceremony

Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The United Veteran Club In Grand Island honored fallen heroes Monday at their 42nd annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The event brought in many veterans and their families to recognize the holiday.

The Grand Island veterans who took part in the services say it’s an honor that left many speechless.

“It’s hard to explain,” Commander of the Honor Guard Ronald Callihan said. “It’s an honor you can’t explain.”

Danny Halverson also participated Monday’s events. He is a Vietnam veteran and the Commander of the VFW Post 1347.

He is a purple heart recipient and participates in events like this to honor his brothers and sisters who did not make it home.

“During that conflict, we lost a lot of friends and members,” Halverson said. “Several of us were wounded and there were several that never made it home. I’m thankful that I made it home.”

Veterans said they are thankful for the support they’re seeing now, but not everyone got when they first returned home.

“When we came home we didn’t get the welcome people get now, but still it’s our honor to do this,” Vice Commander of the Honor Guard James Brettmann said.

This year was the 100th anniversary for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery at the nation’s capitol. To honor that unknown hero, the Veterans Club added a ‘Never Forget Garden’ and plaque to the front of their building.

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