Area Parades Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

By Megan Trent
By Scott Sarvay

May 28, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - On Memorial Day, many across the nation took a moment to recognize the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of freedom.

In the Fort Wayne area, hundreds turned out for two annual parades.

In Waynedale, the parade kicked off at 9 a.m. at Waynedale United Methodist Church and ended with a ceremony at Prairie Grove Cemetary.

There was a also a good turnout for the annual Memorial Day parade starting at Parnell Avenue at and ending with a ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum.

For WWII and Korean War veteran Charles Conrad, the emotion of Monday's parade mimicked those of his recent Honor Flight to Washington DC.

"I cried," admits Conrad. "It's great that people come out. I got to the point in my life where I didn't think anybody gave a damn."

Tony DeTar fought in the Vietnam War. He says,"I used to march in this, and you'd go along the way and you'd hear people say, 'Thank you.' Boy, that made that next step so light."

Both men agree that it's important for today's youth to experience the true message of Memorial Day. Conrad says, "It's nice to see all of these little kids, because freedom is not free."

That's the lesson Krista Cabonov is teaching her son. "I think it's important for my son. He was born in South Korea, and he's been here since 13 months of age. I think it's important for him to love the country he's going to be raised in. We're so lucky to have men and women that put their lives on the line for us. That's the meaning of Memorial Day and we should all be out here showing our support and appreciation."

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