FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) People from the community gathered Monday to honor the men and women in the U.S. Military who gave their lives while serving our country.
The Allen County Council of Veterans Memorial Day Parade started at 11 a.m. at the comer of Parnell Avenue and State Boulevard. The parade ended at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, where a small ceremony was held at Memorial Hall.
Organizers have been concerned about attendance in the past, but Allen County Council of Veterans Commander Dennis Hayes said Monday’s attendance was the highest it’s been in about five years. A welcome change as the community honors its fallen heroes.
“Memorial Day is not our day, that is Veterans Day when you honor the veterans,” Hayes said. “Today is about the ones who went before you and paid the ultimate price.”
For Veteran David Heyn observing Memorial Day is a way to share his story with his young son.
“You’ve got to carry on and have an understanding of the constitution and what these men died for. They laid down their lives for us to be free to be out here and do what we want,” Heyn said.
Earlier in the morning, American Legion Post #241 hosted its parade in Waynedale.
Veteran organizations along with city and county law enforcement agencies participated in both the parades.
In observance of Memorial Day, county and city offices closed. Garbage and recycling collection will be pushed back by one day of the week. Citilink will also close Monday and no bus service will be provided.
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