WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Indiana Veterans Home was the scene of a special service to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Keynote speaker and Indiana Army National Guard Sergeant First Class, Edward Keister, spoke about what Memorial Day means to him and what he hopes it means to others. He wants people to remember the sacrifices made and not forget the meaning of the holiday.
Indiana Veterans Home assistant superintendent Brenda Fickle said these kinds of ceremonies always hit close to home for the veterans.
"It is extra special here at the Veterans Home, that's who we take care of everyday. We take care of veterans and we take care of spouses of veterans so it's extra special for us to do a ceremony like this and it's very emotional," said Fickle.
West Lafayette Police Officer Sanford Swanson sang the national anthem and American Legion Post 492 presented the colors and gave a 21 gun salute.
Fickle said although it is important to thank veterans, Memorial Day is about remembering the fallen soldiers.
"We like to thank our veterans everyday, and we do when we see somebody in uniform we like to thank them, but it's really important to remember those that we have lost," said Fickle.