Veterans museum opens revamped facility to public, hosts ceremony to honor fallen heroes

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A veterans museum opened its new revamped facility to the public and held a ceremony to honor those who have fought for our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum located on O Day Road in Fort Wayne held a rededication ceremony.

For the past several months, the organization has been working to update its facility. On Saturday, the group opened its new revamped facility and held a ceremony to honor those who have fought for our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“That really is kind of a big deal,” said Doug Giesige, a Vietnam War Veteran. “That is making the ultimate sacrifice. What can you do more than that?”

Veterans who served and fought in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and WWII attended the event.

Several veterans and family members from Vietnam also came out to support the cause and to perform their flag ceremony.

“Wow I never seen this sort of celebration of the veterans. It’s quite impressive,” said Don Bodey, a Vietnam War Veteran.

Several speakers including Mayor Tom Henry shared stories of what Memorial Day Weekend meant to them.

A few veterans said listening to their stories brought them down memory lane.

“It has made me think of some guys that are no longer here because it’s not a happy day for some of us who are remembering other people, other guys.”

The event began at 11 A.M. and ended at 3 P.M.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran

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