CHICO, Calif. - Memorial Day is a day to honor those who risked and gave all for our freedom.
At the Chico cemetery, people came out to honor the group of veterans. While the group was not as large in the past years, it was just as meaningful and important.
On this Memorial Day, a group of veterans made time in their day to honor fallen heroes, but during the coronavirus pandemic the ceremony looked a lot different than it did before.
In the past, crowds of people honored the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this year is different.
"The coronavirus just shut-down our country, unfortunately, we can't have large crowds," said veteran Bill Edmiston.
Edmiston said a small group is something he could not fathom.
"A couple of army buddies and I decided we didn't want this unanswered," he shared.
So they decided to hold a small ceremony for the holiday.
Fewer than 10 people attended, some keeping six feet apart and wearing masks.
"People raised their hands and said the government can cash a check up to and including their lives and a lot of them paid that price," said Edmiston.
Edmiston said Memorial Day is even more important because people can not get together and celebrate openly, but they can celebrate intimately.
Organizers said they hope to have the regular ceremony next year.
This year's ceremony lasted about 15 minutes then the group went to Glenn Oaks Memorial Cemetery in south Chico.