WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - On Monday, the Indiana Veterans' Home in West Lafayette honored past and present veterans at their annual Memorial Day ceremony.
The guest speaker was Purdue graduate and retired U.S. Air Force Major General Erika Steuterman.
She shared with veterans how she came into the Air Force and how warfare has changed over the years.
She also spoke about her father, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War who died just 12 days ago.
Steuterman said veterans like her father and the ones at the veterans home are the reason everyone has been free.
"They've volunteered to lay down their lives for this country and for citizens and we need to honor them every day of the year," said Steuterman.
"When I joined I guess I was ready to die for this country. I knew it was possible," said Wayne Fountain, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.
The ceremony also included the reading of deceased residents at the Indiana Veterans Home, the retiring of colors and a gun salute by American Legion Post 492.
A shooting on Lafayette's south side is under investigation.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.