Monday afternoon, retired veterans from the valley honored all veterans of all military branches at a special service. Carol Zinke was there and has this report.
The retired veterans of the148th Field Artillery Battalion, sponsored a Memorial Day celebration at the Idaho Veterans Home in Lewiston. Mike Mitchell is a member of this group. He said their theme this year is honoring the Viet Nam Veterans. He told me what Memorial Day means to him.
"It reminds me of the fact that it's been a long time since I was in the service, but the service still goes on," said Mitchell. "It makes me think of the whole picture, from when I went into the navy in 1943, that this is a good place to be and this is a good country to be a part of."
The guest speaker for this years celebration is Major Kimberly Tschepen. She is currently the commander of the 145th Brigade support Battalion head-quartered in Lewiston.
"A lot of people look at this day as the first day of summer, and the time to start planning vacations," said Tschepen. "But really it's that special day when we should pause and reflect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice."
Greg Pedersen is the pastor at the House of Faith in Lewiston. He said he'd like to see the tradition of remembering and acknowledging those who served, or are currently serving our country, to be passed down from generation to generation.
"I think there's times when we gently forget the sacrifices so many people have made for our nation, the importance of their service to our nation and Memorial Day represents the sacrifice and coming together," said Pedersen. "It isn't so much a celebration as it is an acknowledgment and remembrance of all those people who've been in the military."
Hundreds of people came to support this event. A memorial wreath is hanging in front of the veterans home to honor all who've served.