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Meeting the Family

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Memorial Day is a chance for all Americans to remember friends and family who sacrificed for their country. As more and more Veterans pass away every year, its also becoming a way for younger Americans to learn about relatives they barely remember or never even met.

"And then you're great-grandma, Roberta is right there, Quinn Andrew told his nearly year-old son Walter.

"Walter Steven Andrew, said Quinn. The middle name's after his grandpa that he never did get to meet."

Walter probably wont remember much from today.

"We're here visiting my dad who passed away last summer, a fight with cancer, said Quinn. His plot is next to his mother and his father.

But thats alright, because Walters dad wont let him forget.

"A name to hear is always helpful so you don't forget the ones that are not around, said Quinn.

Just a few hundred feet away, the Petersen children are a little bit older.

"Tate, you're the only one who remembers John right? asked Jennifer Petersen. Great-grandpa John?"

But the idea is the same: remembering people who arent here.

"It seems easier to come out here and do it rather than at home because you've got the beautiful grounds and no distractions, said Jennifer.

The Petersens dont have any veteran family members. Quinns Grandfather fought in World War II, but everyone has something to be thankful for.

"These are people that sacrificed their lives for their family and their country and that's a beautiful thing," said Marshall Petersen.

For little Walter, he gets introduced to people hell grow up without, but thats not even the best part.

"I think it's more so a chance for his relatives to meet him, said Quinn.

Quinn says he used to visit his relatives graves a lot as a boy. He plans on continuing that tradition with Walter.
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