United Vet Club hosts Memorial Day service

Published: May. 25, 2020 at 9:42 PM CDT
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Military heroes were honored Monday as Memorial Day services continued despite bad weather. There were a few changes due to the rain and pandemic, but dozens of people still showed up to honor the fallen.

"This year because of the weather and the virus, we had to cancel the normal ceremonies that we have," Richard Simpson, Commander of the United Veteran Guard told Local4 News. "We felt that this was essential to honor the veterans on memorial day."

The crowd was a bit smaller than usual due to the weather and virus. Many people chose to stay in their cars and watch the ceremony from there. Others decided to brave the rain and watch close up as veterans raised the american flag from half to full staff. They also shot a three volley salute and played taps.

"When they landed at D-Day they didn't cancel it," Korean War Veteran Lyle Mcmindes said. "The weather was terrible, but they went ahead with it. So my wife and I are here, just going ahead with it."

The ceremony was a little shorter than it had been for the nearly 4 decades before, but organizers say canceling all together was not an option.

"I think it's important that you remember the veterans whether its pandemic or what it is," Simpson said. "If it's bad weather or not, they still should be honored."

While this year's event looked different than the others, what was still the same is the overwhelming amount of support and gratitude people have towards our veterans.

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