An Early Memorial Day Celebration for Local Veterans

Created: 05/18/2014 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Memorial Day is about a week away but a handful of Austin veterans rang in the holiday early.

Grace Lutheran Church in Austin holds a pre-Memorial Day church service every year.

The choir sang the official song for each branch of service from the Marine Corps, to the Navy, Army and National Guard.

One Navy veteran, Charles Eliss (U.S. Navy) says the group of honored members shrinks every year, "If you take a World War II vet that served, they're fading away pretty fast, which makes my odds pretty short."

Church officials say many veterans and families outside of the church come to the event.

All is welcome every year.

Grace Lutheran Church in Austin celebrates Memorial Day a little early for local veterans.