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VFW Memorial Day ceremony adds something unique to honor those who served

Tri-Staters found their own way to honor soldiers killed while serving our country on Monday. 

An Evansville Memorial Day Ceremony, organized by VFW 1114 at Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery, was one of many happening around the country and the Tri-State.

The special event was complete with the 21-gun salute, taps and a Gettysburg Address. They also had something unique. They read the names of every deceased member of VFW 1114 and a red wreath was placed on the cross for each person.

The commander says it's a special way to show respect, and he thinks the good turnout also shows how much the community cares.

"I'm proud that we have a turnout like this. I went to ceremonies that don't get the crowds. I think having this big a crowd and all these people here, it shows that we have support and that people do respect our deceased," Commander Joe Misuraca said. Misuraca spent six years in the US Army and said their VFW post has nearly 3,000 members.

Veterans and their families stopped by to pay tribute to those have served.

14 News spoke with a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, whose husband spent time in Vietnam. She says it's a big sacrifice and it's nice when it comes time to acknowledge that.

"When he got activated for Saudi Arabia, he didn't have to go to Saudi but he had to go teach at Fort Knox, Kentucky," Karen Muston said. "I had a kid in college, one in high school at the time and it was difficult. But we remember the good times and we're here this weekend to remember the ones who didn't make it home."

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