Tribute to fallen Nebraska soldiers

A large crowd filled Veteran's Memorial Garden in Lincoln Monday night to remember those who gave their lives for our country.

Veterans who have served in all branches of our military and their family members were there to sing the national anthem, honor our veterans and pay tribute to the ones we've lost.  It was a somber and moving ceremony this Memorial Day as those who've lost loved ones gathered to honor their lives.  All the names of fallen Nebraska soldiers were read aloud as people lit candles and honored them with a moment of silence.

Jane Haire of Lincoln says, “It's to remember the sacrifices that people have made for our country.  All of my family is here and they're on the wall and I just couldn't not celebrate.”

Chris Vejnovich served in the Air Force and brought his son, Samuel, to learn about the true meaning of Memorial Day.  He says experiencing the ceremony helped do that.

Mary Alice Jones had brothers in World War II and the Korean War.  Their names are listed among the hundreds of bricks at the garden.  She says, “They fought for our freedom and we are free because of them and our children will be free because of them.  They really made the ultimate sacrifice.”