Unique memorial honors veterans in Everest

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The town of Everest held an honor ceremony of their own for Memorial Day Saturday.
This year marks the fifth annual commemoration.

Roses were laid on top of bricks with the names of veterans who’ve fallen and those still living.
Event organizer, Reuben Sullivan says, it’s the least they could do for their soldiers.
“There are so many veterans that didn’t make it home. There are so many veterans that people don’t even know that they were veterans. So it’s an honor to represent them and so that’s the drive behind it. ”
Two of the special vets being honored, have a very special relationship, they’re married.
Josephine and Gregory Ramirez served in World War II.

They both couldn’t believe the kindness they received from the people in their town.

“There’s no way of expressing ourselves other than..you know just…it makes you feel great.”Said Gregory.
“it was a fantastic program…and all the honors that were extended to veterans was really great,”Said Josephine.

The memorial started at Everest Middle School where families and veterans witnessed a rare performance by the Fort Riley First Infantry Division Band and a speech from Lieutenant General Tod Wolters who is  the commander of the 12th Air Force, Air Combat and U.S. Southern Command

Sullivan says, they’ll never stop honoring their veterans.
“It will continue every year, and grow and help to show our part in Northeastern Kansas. It’ll always show what we love to do for our veterans.”Said Sullivan.

Every year, the town tries to get a special guest to the event.
Next year, organizers says the Head of Forensics out of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. to come and speak.

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