FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A memorial service was held in Fort Wayne for area veterans and their families.
It was intended to be a way to say thank you while taking the time to remember the lives that have been lost in battle.
Speakers included a number of local veterans as well as State Representative Martin Carbaugh and a key note address by Mayor Tom Henry.
Organizers view the event as a way for veterans and their families to reminisce and reflect.
"Everybody has a story and every one of us is on journey. And so to allow community members and family members to tell each other's story, to say 'I remember that, I remember my dad saying that, I remembered my mom served.' It gives such empowerment and joy - that's a day we want to celebrate. It is a day to live life to the full, celebrate service, and again heal with every ability that we have," said Stephanie Walkaer of Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice.
She went on to say that days like today are special because we shouldn't wait until Veteran's Day and Memorial Day to say thanks.
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