PASCO, Wash-- Friends and family of veterans gathered at Columbia Memorial Gardens to honor past and present veterans. Tuesday's event was to thank veterans for their service. The theme was past and present. For the fallen, the event was used to remember them, and for those still fighting, the event was used to wish them luck.
And it drew a rather large crowd; choir students from Stevens Middle School were there to sing God Bless America and a few boy scouts raised the flag.
And considering the cold, wet weather, one veteran tells KNDU he's glad to see so many come out, and says he's thankful so many honor them.
"It's kind of a rainy day and it's easier to just go to the mall, but we had a good turnout here," says Commander Jerry Diamond. "It's great to see them."
But the event's message carries beyond just today. Diamond told the audience to thank a veteran they know personally. He also asked the audience to raise a flag in honor of the veterans. The support of the people around the veterans is what makes them most thankful.