Springdale Cemetery Honors our military and also a local Leatherneck legend

PEORIA - Springdale Cemetery is continuing to honor veterans this holiday weekend, current military members, to World War II veterans and their families came out for today's ceremony.

Despite the rain and the cold dozens of people showed up to Springdale Cemetery Sunday to honor our military.

Bruce Brown is a former US. Marine Corporal. She says, "The community present on a difficult day, to remember, to celebrate and dedicate, just... a moment."

He says it's not just the soldiers we should be thanking, it's also the community.

Brown says, "So many people come up to me, ‘Thank you for your service,’ and I just, no no, thank you for your service. Thank you for the support. Thank you for, as the marines say, we have a number of sayings, thank you for helping us raise it up. Thank you for backing us up."

Brown says it's that community support that gets many soldiers through their toughest times. "It's those wheels within wheels that reinforce one another, that build up our power and our strength and it radiates out and surrounds everybody in the community," says Brown.

Which is why Brown wanted to focus the ceremony today around Chuck Brown.

Brown is 1 of 3 remaining Iwo Jima survivors left in the area.

Chuck Brown says, "I'm overwhelmed, believe me I am."

Brown was a key player in building Peoria's community after the war with his lumber business.

Bruce Brown says, "He came back and helped build this community that we enjoy today. We're just so thankful their service.”


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