FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – People around the Summit City remembered our nation’s heroes with Memorial Day services on Sunday.
The day began with a Service of Reconciliation which was a special service to kick off the 35th annual Summer of Worship in the Park hosted by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park. People came from all over Allen and Adams counties for the church service. Organizers said they wanted to do a special prayer for the people who all of us depend on for protection.
“A special message for our veterans and our law enforcement officers who suffer sometimes with the burdens of the difficult tasks they have to do for us,” Pastor Russ Dewell from Trinity Lutheran said.
Many veterans and active duty servicemen said this weekend can bring back a lot of pain, but it’s so important to remember those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.
“Everything we hold dear in this country has been purchased with the blood of the friends and comrades of these gentlemen in these rooms,” said Master Sgt. Kip Lytle who organized an event at the Old Fort Sunday afternoon.
He said he wanted to utilize the Old Fort which represents our country and city’s military history on a holiday that honors those soldiers. Lytle hopes the Old Fort ceremony becomes annual. The day began with a lowering of the flag ceremony. Then, community members could visit with veterans from World War II through the Gulf War as well as current military men and women who were there to share their stories and show off some military equipment. One World War II vet still holds dear an Air Force book that lists names of pilots in his command that didn’t make it home.
“It reads, in memorial to them who for the time being have flown beyond our reach, and I think of them today,” said Wold War II veteran, Harrison Hull.
All of the money collected at the Old Fort will go directly towards the Honor Flight Organization.