Memorial At Veterans' Cemetery Honors 'Gift We Cannot Reject'

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email
A Vietnam Vet remembers fallen comrades at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley.

A Vietnam Vet remembers fallen comrades at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Members of the military and civilians took par in several ceremonies at Fort Riley, including one at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery.

Veterans in attendance at a Memorial Day observance at 5181 Wildcat Creek Road in Manhattan said this day was a tough experience, but one they cherished.

"It makes me cry," said Bradley Neer, who attended the memorial with his wife Lori. "It's hard the feelings that you go through. All these people here...," he said, gesturing over the cemetery.

Neer served as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman in Korea from 1950 to 1954.

Even though decades that have passed since his service, he says the thought still hurts that those who died in service of their country might be forgotten.

"These people gave it up and I wish everybody would recognize that," he said.

At the ceremony today, everyone did.

About 200 families and members of the military honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"I've come to pay homage to my comrades, two or three I know are here that I was in combat with," Bob Snyder, a Vietnam Veteran, said. " I'm the lucky one," he added.

Retired Colonel Michael Neer spoke at the memorial and thanked all those who have served and are serving. "When our young men and women enter the military service to their nation, they sign a blank check payable up to and including their lives," he said.

It's a price we cannot repay nor reject, he said.

"This is one day we can thank them for everything they did," Brad Neer said.

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