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Old Holiday, New Tradition

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) People gathered at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids to remember loved ones in private and with others. A day like Memorial day is filled with just as many tears as smiles, as people all over the United States remember their friends and family who are Veterans of all kinds.

While those who gathered saw plenty of things they might expect to see on Memorial Day, American flags, Veterans and Color Guards, they also found something to celebrate the holiday that was out of the ordinary.

"Let's put Travis for Aunt Lindsays husband, said a mother to her young daughter.

Normally balloons are just for little kids.

"Just put T.J, she said. There you go."

But today, balloons take on a bigger meaning.

"The balloons represent people, loved ones that have died in the military, said Deanna Van Horbeck. She is remembering multiple people who are veterans in her family.

The people whose names are on the balloons might be gone, and yet theyre still here, as if theyre holding hands with their loved ones, bobbing back and forth in the wind.

"It's very proud and heartwarming that you have family members that actually served your country, said Van Horbeck.

On Memorial Day, theres no shortage of flags, patriotic songs and memories. But on this Memorial Day, theres no shortage of balloons. More importantly, theres no shortage of people being remembered.

"A lot of the emotions and just trying to remember the good times we've had with the ones we've lost, said Van Horbeck.

"It's something entertaining that's not just, 'oh, let's go stand and reminisce, said Quinn Andrew. He brought his young son to see his grandfathers grave site.

"I hope 100 years from now, people are still out here remembering the sacrifices that have been made by our veterans, said Marshall Petersen, who was at Cedar Memorial cleaning off family graves.
 
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