Memorial Service Held To Honor Veterans And Their Families (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM EDT

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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