Memorial Day; A Time to Honor Fallen Soldiers and Family

This Memorial Day, many people honored and remembered fallen soldiers, family and friends.

One by one, motorists filed through the winding roads of Valhalla cemetery searching for the final resting place of past family and friends. Donna Bell of Bloomington is remembering her late parents and son.

“I feel like it’s just more a matter of respect and to let people know we really do love them,” said Bell.

Shirley Romine and her husband drove down from Indianapolis. The Bloomington natives place flowers on their family member’s grave every Memorial Day.

“You just need to stop and reflect on the day and remember why they did what they did and what a wonderful country we have,” she said.

Kathy Allender is from Bloomington too, but now resides in Spencer.

“My parents are buried right over there, lost my mother three years ago, my dad 20 years ago, we just came to pay respect,” Allender said. “It is a bittersweet day for me; it’s a day to think and about family and God and be thankful.”

It’s been a family tradition for Roy Welch of Bloomington to visit 5 generations of family members in three different counties on Memorial Day.

“We start closest one in Bloomington then we work out, go to Spencer, we have a graveyard over there, then we have one in Martinsville,” said Welch. “It’s a celebration of life and a celebration of death; you have to honor those who died.”

An otherwise quiet cemetery, except on Memorial Day – bustling with people remembering those they love.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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