ALLEN CO., Ind. (WANE) – 1.3 million American men and women have died in the line of duty since the Revolutionary War. Memorial Day was enacted by Congress back in 1971 as a federal holiday to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for American freedom.
Two Memorial Day parades were held in Allen County on Monday. The first one was held in the Waynedale community. Hundreds gathered along Old Trail Road with their American flag and families to watch the annual parade. Among the crowd were veterans. While the community is showing their appreciation for their service, the vets were just as appreciative for community’s actions.
“It’s just wonderful just to see all the people that have shown up,” said Morrell Travis.
Schools, organizations and families participated in Waynedale’s annual parade. Some families have made it a tradition as a way to honor the fallen.
“It’s just great to honor the veterans,” said Jim Cowens. “I come every year to this parade to honor the veterans.’
The parade was followed up by a memorial service at the Prairie Grove Cemetery.
The second parade happened along Parnell Avenue. This was put on by the Allen County Council of Veterans. Their service was also followed up by a memorial service at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
“We can be at ceremonies like this, and attend parades to honor and show our respect and our love to those who gave their last full measure of devotion,” said a guest speaker at the memorial ceremony.