PORTAGE | Enduring cold, steady rain Monday morning, about 50 people gathered to pay tribute to veterans.
Phil Kowal, of Portage American Legion Post 260, placed a wreath at the Veterans Memorial at Woodland Park as the crowd was led in prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. The Post 260 Honor Guard fired three volleys and a recorded bugle sounded taps.
It was an effort to say thank you to those who had served in the U.S. armed forces and those serving today.
"It is a great time for us to honor veterans," said Mayor James Snyder, who recounted a story of his great uncle who served in World War II.
He also commended city employees who had served, noting that more than 10 percent of the city's workforce are veterans.
"These men and women didn't stop serving when they came home," said Snyder.
Indiana Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, and a member of the state legislature's veterans affairs committee, urged those present to supoort returning soldiers, many who struggle with the scars of war.
"When the guns grow silent on the battlefield, that doesn't mean the battle is over," Moseley said. "Sometimes they need a hand up so they can continue to enjoy their lives and provide for their families."