Veterans Return To Intrepid To Remember The Fallen On Memorial Day

CBS2's Hazel Sanchez has the story.

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- To see how easy the vaccines are these days, right? We've come a long way.

- On the beach, good stuff.

- Veterans return to the USS Intrepid today to reflect and remember together in person.

- That's something they couldn't do, of course, last year. CBS 2's Hazel Sanchez has that story.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: The sounding of taps echoing on the pier of the Intrepid museum, the laying of Memorial wreaths on the Hudson River, a somber reminder of the true meaning of Memorial Day. This morning, current and former service members, their loved ones, and local dignitaries, including Mayor de Blasio, returned for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Intrepid museum, honoring the men and women of the US armed forces who have given their lives to defend our nation. Last year, the event was virtual due to the pandemic.

GREGORY WILLIAMS: The Vietnam veterans, some of them don't have access to computers, some of them don't have access to iPad or laptop. So they can't, you know, necessarily participate virtually.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: So being able to reunite today was extra special for veterans like Bob Cassara, who served on the USS Intrepid during its last deployment, from 1969 to 1973.

BOB CASSARA: I've been attending Memorial Day services for at least 25 years. So, yeah, I definitely miss the opportunity to be with my former crew members and other service members.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Including his former crewmates [INAUDIBLE]. The fellow comrades are now co-workers at the Intrepid museum, educating visitors about the realities of serving one's country.

BOB CASSARA: Freedom comes at a cost and a lot of the past people sacrificed, including my brother who served in Vietnam. He was fortunate enough to come home, but he was never the same.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: These are often unspoken sacrifices that following generations are making sure aren't forgotten.

CAPT. DANA REMINSKY: Just to have a day just to honor this and to serve this, it really just-- I'm so excited to be here and to be a part of that.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Because of COVID restrictions the ceremony was only open to a limited number of guests, making today even more special for those who were here. At the Intrepid museum, Hazel Sanchez, CBS 2 News.