Young and old alike remember fallen heroes
Instead of speaking, Gabriel Howell walked around shaking hands with veterans and the families of deceased veterans before the Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.
Gabriel is 2 years old.
Regina Howell, Gabriel’s mother, walked alongside her toddler while he reached his short right arm up to adults generations older than him.
Regina Howell said her son likes people who serve in the military. After all, his grandmother was in the U.S. Navy. Gabriel’s grandfather and father served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Gabriel’s older brother graduates from boot camp in several weeks.
The Monday morning service at Veterans Memorial Cemetery attracted hundreds of veterans, such as Gabriel’s father, and the families of deceased veterans who wanted to honor servicemen or women who have died.
One of the speakers, state Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, said Memorial Day is a national holiday to remember, honor and celebrate men and women who chose to serve in the U.S. military on behalf of Americans like her.
In fact, Bradford is the daughter of two U.S. Air Force veterans, and her son-in-law, Maj. Andrew Stohlmann, will be deployed to an unknown location in June.
Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, said: “We want to thank you for having the courage to move to the sound of guns. It is that courage that gives us the freedom to be here today.”
After the service, Gabriel Howell continued his march around the cemetery, shaking hands. He even retrieved shell casings from the gun salute to deceased veterans.
He put them in the pockets of his black leather vest that had written on it: “Honor The Fallen.”