Allen County Veterans Hold Annual Watch Fire (VIDEO)

By Chris Smurr - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

May 24, 2014 Updated May 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Allen County Council of Veterans are holding their annual Watch Fire event.

Veterans from around the area lit a fire at 9 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Shrine on O’Day Road, in memoriam to those who fell in combat.

Watch Fires began in Europe and made their way to the United States during the Civil War.

The fires are symbolic of a signal fire used so soldiers could find their way back to camp when they were lost in the field.

“Usually we have several Vietnam Vets out here. We’re starting to get some of the younger Vets and now we’re getting some of the older Vets. When we first started it was kind of slow but it gets everybody around the fire and gives everyone a chance to talk,” said Craig Savage, Watch Fire Vice President.

The watch fire will burn until 9 p.m. Saturday.

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