GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - People remembered a Grand Island Vietnam veteran Monday, just a week after his passing from war related health issues. Robert Smith was an army veteran who had spent the last few years of his life fighting complications from being exposed to agent orange all those years ago.
Smith's friends and family celebrated his life Monday at the West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Before everyone arrived the Business Coalition of Veterans spent the morning lining the road with American flags in his honor.
Just last month the Coalition hand picked Smith to be honored at one of their events and they say they were happy to have done it before he passed. They say memorials like that show the public and the next generations the important role vets play every day.
"There's still people who have not been in the service, never had a family member in the service and to see what was required and taking the time to honor what was required," Chef Anthony Brando of the Business Coalition of Veterans said. "Some were their lives, others did come back but were dealing with the residual effects."
They say showing those veterans appreciation in life and in death can make all the difference for them.