COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens gathered at the National Veterans Memorial Museum to remember the 1.3 million soldiers this country has lost throughout history.
In honor of the holiday, Daniel Grinman Rivera, a seventh grader from Texas, designed a pin for veterans to wear in remembrance of their fallen soldiers.
“As we just heard in the presentation, it's not necessarily a joyous day, but a day of just pure remembrance and appreciation,” Grinman Rivera said.
Kevin Taylor, an army veteran from Columbus, received one pin. He thanked Grinman Rivera for his act of kindness. Taylor comes from a long line of military men.
He took the day to remember army buddies that have died and family members that have since passed. He said it’s nice to see young people understand and honor the holiday as deeply as he does.
“Their generation needs to have Memorial Day instilled in their thoughts and just remember those that brought us all the freedoms that we just take for granted on a daily basis,” Taylor said.
Taylor plans to keep the pin at home as a symbol to remember those that have fallen.
“I have a room with all this stuff from when I retired hanging up,” Taylor said. “I think it's going to go on one of the banners I have right there, so I’ll see it daily.”