Veterans and Families Remember Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

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If you've driven past a cemetery in Lincoln this Memorial Day you may have noticed that flowers aren't the only gifts that decorate the graves, veterans around the area say it's the 50 stars and 13 stripes on the American flag that mean the most.

Marla Geschae hasn't missed a Memorial Day ceremony since her father, World War 2 veteran Chet Rhoads, died five years ago.

"He was supposed to go to Pearl Harbor and he got sent home on leave, and then Pearl Harbor hit, and so he had to go and help clean up," said Geschae.

She said it's days like today that honor unsung heroes like her dad.

"He just said it was too hard to talk about," said Geschae. "When the servicemen come home and we all honor them and we're all proud of them, my father said when they came home from World War 2, it was all forgotten."

But remembering their service to this country is what today's service at Lincoln Memorial Park was all about.

Chris Nervig's father, Frank Klegger, was a Marine fighter pilot during World War 2 and the Korean War, and says her father was also modest when it came to talking about combat.

"We rarely heard any stories," said Nervig. "My father was highly decorated with the bronze and silver stars so he saw a lot of action, but he didn't share it."

While many people like Geschae and Nervig may not know what it was like to be in their fathers' shoes, Dr. William Jackson of American Legion Post 3 said it's unspoken bond that all people in the service share.

"Somebody died so I can be free," said Jackson. "They did it not for the money, not for the power, not for the prestige, but because the country needed to be stood up for."


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