Local veterans and community members celebrate Memorial Day | WIBQ The Talk Station

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – For nearly two decades, Clifford Stephens has been in Highland Lawn Cemetery every Memorial Day.

“It’s a way for us to honor and connect with those here about our past and how lucky we are to have come home,” Stephens said.

Stephens, a veteran himself, has hosted the event for nearly 20 years. He said he was looking forward to seeing other service members at the ceremony.

“It makes me feel good to know that I have comrades who [have done] similar things I’ve done,” he said. “We helped protect the country so people could do what they do.”

Woodlawn Cemetery held a similar ceremony on Monday morning. Both events included the reading of Taps and the laying of wreaths.

Darrel L. Knight, the post quartermaster of a local group of veterans of foreign wars, said he thinks some people have misconceptions about the vacation.

“A lot of people don’t know exactly what Memorial Day does or what it is. They think it’s to honor our veterans. It’s Veterans Day,” Knight said. “Memorial Day is about honoring the veterans we’ve lost over the years.”

Stephens said he hopes younger generations can understand the role these fallen soldiers play in the freedoms they enjoy today.

“Be thankful that we went to do our job so you can do what you are doing today,” he said.

And for Knight, whose family has a deep military history, he said the holidays were always about those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Remember, Memorial Day is not a picnic day,” he said. “That’s not the reason. The reason is to remember the service men and women we have lost.

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