By SUE SUCHYTA
MELVINDALE – Drizzling rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered at Veterans Memorial Pool May 25 to honor city veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
With the U.S. Navy League Cadets and American Legion Post 472 officiating, post chaplain Chuck Noel delivered the keynote speech.
Veterans John Grissom and Laurence D. Sams were honored at the event, which featured John Sokol of Buglers Across America playing taps.
Joelle Zarazua opened with “The Star Spangled Banner,” while Lauren Kollmorgen closed with “God Bless America.”
Mayor Stacy Striz said Memorial Day was very special to her.
“I have family who are veterans, so it is just very touching and I appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge everyone,” Striz said. “We always have a wonderful turnout in the city, so it’s nice to see so many people come out for this.
“I think it is important, because you don’t ever want to forget. It is important to always make sure there is respect there, and they are recognized, and it is very important to do it to a high standard.”