On this day of remembrance, Iowa veterans took time today to honor the men and women who served, but never came home. Their sacrifice can never be forgotten, but it can sometimes get a little lost.
“It’s more than just the beginning of summer. It’s a time to honor those who have died while serving our country,” says Col. Kevin Heer, Vice Commander for the 132nd Fighter Wing.
Heer says today is more than just a day off of school or work.
“Spend a few minutes remembering the people have died, who have given their lives, so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today,” he says.
Veteran Chad Bentzinger served with the Marines in Iraq. The father of two is sharing the significance of Memorial Day with his daughters.
“Today we just talked about honoring those who sacrificed for our freedom and bringing up with that sense of respect and knowledge or our veterans and what they do every day,” says Bentzinger.
About 200 people attended today's Memorial Day program at Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Organizers says it's the largest turnout they've seen in recent years.
Ceremonies across the state are paying tribute to the 25,000 Iowan servicemen and women who died since the Civil War.