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Memorial Day traditions impacted, how people are filling the void

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Published on May 25, 2020 -

Memorial Day traditions impacted, how people are filling the void

The traditional Memorial Day service at Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute was cancelled this year, but some are still making sure veterans are honored.

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Memorial Day traditions impacted, how people are filling the void

Coronavirus the you've lost."

The loved ones you've lost."

The coronavirus has changed the way we're commemorating memorial day this year.

But this evening we find some are still pushing the message of what today really means.

Good evening and thanks for joining us.

It's a memorial day like we've never seen before.

Many traditions have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

That includes one right here in terre haute.

News 10's jada huddlestun shares how people are filling that void this year.

Typically..

Dozens of people would be gathered here at highland lawn cemetery for people to pay their respects to those veterans that have lost their lives.

Unfortunatley..

The coronavirus cancelled the traditional services.

I spoke with a local man on why it's so important you never forget what this day truly means.

This memorial day..

Jeff carlisle was out at the cemetery to pay his respects to loved ones he's lost over the years.

With the annual service cancelled at highland lawn cemetery..

Things looked a little bit different.

"it's sad that this covid virus has taken such an event away from us and i think the veterans need to be respected."

Earlier this month..

The cemetery president..

And mayor duke bennett made the decision to cancel the memorial day services.

They say they made the decision to keep everyone safe.

It's a choice carlisle understands.

Still, he hopes people remember the true meaning of this holiday.

"we should never forget the veterans and what they sacrificed to give us this way of life that we enjoy so much.'

Although this year's service was cancelled..

Carlisle says many will already be looking forward to next year.

"i think people are effected by when things get taken from you, you don't know what you've missed, and everything, so i think nexy year will be bigger and better."

Everyone i spoke with at the cemetery says they hope people continue to honor veterans past and present every single day.

Reporting in terre haute.

Jada huddlestun.

News 10.

A memorial for fallen service members is in place at i-s-u memorial stadium in terre haute.

It's called run for the fallen.

Flags line pathways at the stadium.

Each one represents the life of a fallen service member who died in afghanistan or iraq since 2001.

News 10 spoke with a local man.

He says he's happy to take this important walk of remembrance with his granddaughter to educate about sacrifice.

"it's very important.

It's very important to teach the younger generation all about this and what sacrifices have been made."

This is the 10th year for run for the fallen.

The flags will remain up through wednesday.

Through will remain up the flags fallen.

Run for the 10th year for run for the fallen.

The flags will remain up through wednesday.

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