BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.,- It was a somber day at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs today. A crowd of veterans and community members paid respect to those who never made it home. WINK News talked to one veteran who shared his battlefield story publicly for the first time ever.
It's the music, the sound, that echoes for the fallen. A tradition playing out for the war heroes who selflessly put on their uniform but never made it home. Families grieve, a community honors, and veterans reflect.
"I really never had an opportunity at that point in time to say how heart felt, to say how I felt about them," said Vietnam Veteran Nick Romano.
Nick Romano, a Vietnam Vet, takes us back to when he lost six brothers on the battlefield.
"To have them be lost that day is heart breaking," said Romano.
It's often a memory Romano keeps to himself, but today he broke his silence and shared his story in Bonita Springs.
"To come here and be able to say it with all these veterans around, it was an emotional outlet that I'll never forget. A priceless moment captures a young boy, taking in ceremony.
"They don't really understand, yet they feel."
Another sight so compelling is the Aisle of Flags. At one point, each one of these flags adorned the casket of a returning service member.
"To think about the sacrifices that are made and manifested itself so visually in these 100, it's too profound to put into words," said Vietnam Veteran David Grossi.
At this ceremony, a plaque was donated to the City of Bonita Springs with the names of 500 veterans from Bonita Bay Club engraved on it.