SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) — The memorial service at the Veterans’ Memorial Ceremony is a tradition for many to pay respects to those who served and those who sacrificed.
“They all died so we could cherish the things that we love: life, freedom, and family,” said Terri Budge, the daughter of a WWII veteran.
Budge, her daughter, and granddaughter all watched the quiet ceremony.
It was 25 years ago that she lost her father, and she’s been coming to this event with her family ever since.
“We wouldn’t miss this for the world. It is a way of recognizing what he contributed to his country,” she explained.
As we remember those who sacrificed everything to protect our freedoms, Budge is making sure the connection to her father and future generations stay strong.
“His memory will never be forgotten. Ever,” she said.