May 26, 2019 10:57 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Minnesotans from as far as the Twin Cities traveled to Preston to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery.
Honoring living and deceased veterans, the ceremony reminded the community of the sacrifices that all military men and women have made to protect us and our country.
"I was in the Air Force back in 1967-71, during Vietnam," said Dale Wellik, the District 1, Incoming Commander.
Organizers of the event told ABC 6 News that because of veterans we have our freedom. And some civilians would spend Veterans and Memorial Days to celebrate, but not always for the right reasons, "We're honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, which many people do not realize that that is what Memorial Day is," said Wellik.
Wellik said that he decided to join the military because his family was in the military. He also believed that he had to continue the tradition, "My grandparents were in, my dad was in, and many of his brothers. My mother's brothers were all in, and it was just the thing that we had to do. We had to continue this on," said Wellik.
After the ceremony, family members, friends, and service buddies flocked to the burial sites to visit their loved ones, because as Rob Gross, the cemetery director said, veterans never truly die when they are being remembered, "Veterans are a symbol of what makes this nation great, and we must never forget all that they have done to ensure our freedom. So, today we are all committed to the belief that no veteran ever dies, so long as he or she is remembered by a grateful nation," said Gross.
Created: May 26, 2019 10:57 PM
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