Memorial Day: Mesa County Families Pay Tribute to Veterans

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Thousands across Mesa County honored Memorial Day in different ways--some gathering in crowds to pay tribute, while others had intimate moments at gravesites of loved ones.

It's a short walk across the lawn at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery with a huge significance for Eva Trimble and her son Jerry.

"It means a lot. It really does," Eva Trimble told 11 News on Monday with tears in her eyes.

Eva's husband and World War II veteran, John, is buried at the cemetery on the Riverside Parkway.

"He would be very proud of us," Trimble said of her late husband.

The Trimbles make the walk every Memorial Day.

Jerry Trimble served in the Vietnam War and things were much different for him, than his father.

"You just didn't want to admit that you was in the service at the time cuz' people didn't respect you at all," Jerry Trimble told 11 News.

The Trimbles were one of hundreds who made the walk out to pay their respects to soldiers resting at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.

And while some paid tribute in silence, a three gun salut was part of a full cerermoney held by veterans and local officials at the cemetery.

Bagpipes echoed at Memorial Gardens on North Avenue Monday afternoon, where families of veterans released balloons to honor the fallen and a speaker read names of local soldiers who had been killed during battle.

So many names with so many stories. Generations of sons and fathers, mother and daughters who left home to serve their country.

Families like the Trimbles, who say Memorial Day means so much more than others.

"I just feel lucky that all of us came back," Jerry Trimble told 11 News about he and his four brothers.

Especially Jerry, who says his generation of heroes never saw a parade, ceremoneykind or welcome home.

"It feels real special to see that people care," said Trimble.

He hopes that regardless of politics and war, people will always stop and remember the soldiers, who bare a heavier burden than most will ever know.

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