TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Due to concerns over COVID-19, many annual Memorial Day celebrations were cancelled but that didn’t stop the Wabash Valley from remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day is typically a time where the community comes together to honor our country’s fallen heroes.
“This is a different year, 2020 will be in the history books as very much a different year,” said Beverly Grubb, visitor at Highland Lawn Cemetery.
While the large ceremonies were absent, community members honoring their loved ones were not.
On Monday, many stopped by local cemeteries to place flowers and flags near headstones.
One of those was Grubb, who used the day to honor her father, father-in-law, and brother who all served in the military, plus her husband who she calls a “true patriot”.
Grubb also says she has a cousin who died while serving.
“He died in the first Tet Offensive defending his troops. He was shot four times in the back and directed his troops by radio for four hours before he died,” Grubb says.
At Roselawn Memorial Park in northern Vigo County, many also stopped by to pay their respects to loved ones who served.
“My dad was a Marine and so it gives us a time to teach our kids about what he did,” said Tiffany Champion, visitor at Roselawn Memorial Park.
“Although they are in heaven, not with us, they give us an opportunity to come out and think about the times we’ve had,” said Douglas Champion.
Tiffany Champion says although Memorial Day 2020 is different, there could be a silver lining.
“I think with those parades and events you can get wrapped up in the event and you can lose the teachable moments to teach your kids what it’s really about,” Champion said.
Grubb also says she is proud to be part of a community that honors it’s military men and women.
She is hopeful that in 2021, they can continued to be honored traditionally.