LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Even though Memorial Day isn’t until Monday, dozens of people in Lansing honored those who served earlier today by attending a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery.
It’s a time to remember those lost in the line of service.
“It’s been a long 15 years, but we love and we miss him,” said John Ellsworth, who lost his son Justin in 2004.
On November 13th, 2004, Justin Ellsworth died while serving our country in Iraq. He was only 20 years old.
“The Marines credit him with saving 11 other lives that day,” said Ellsworth.
He says the experience was tough, but now he’s seeing a bigger picture.
“I was so mad at him at first, but as the years go by and we see these young men grow up to have families of their own and a lot of it is because of Justin,” said Ellsworth.
Former Lansing City Council member Alfreda Schmidt says Memorial Day is a time to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We suggest that everybody today take just a moment to say thank you,” said Schmidt.
Ellsworth wants people to know that this long weekend is more than just barbecues and a day off of work.
“We need to be worthy of their sacrifice and by being worthy means by honoring them,” said Ellsworth.