The true meaning of Memorial Day in Timonium

Posted at 6:05 PM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 18:57:17-04
Their accents reflect their Syrian heritage, but as Ida and Leo Hindoyan visit their parents' graves, they reflect the country they love and their father's service to it in World War II.
"We pray for them."
"God bless him.  Bless all America."
For Vincent Krepps, the service led to sacrifice.
He and his twin brother, Richard, left Towson and joined the Army before being shipped out together to join the Korean War in 1950.
But only one of them came home.
"That was the last time that I saw Richard and I value our last hours together,” said Krepps, “We need to always remember these heroes for during their time at war and their final minutes of life, we were on their minds." 
On this day, both the young and old would spend a few hours remembering those who gave all to defend this nation.
"The spirits are among us today to remember them not because they have vanity.  They simply had valor,” said Alan Walden, the Republican mayoral nominee in Baltimore, “Not because they had conceit.  They simply had courage."
But some wondered aloud, if a war-weary nation has grown numb to the holiday.
"I think there's a disconnect in the sense that we take it for granted now... that this is going to be here... that these people died for something and we feel that it's done for a reason where they don't have to do it or somebody else is going to do it,” said Brian Kolb, an Iraq War veteran, “There's no sense of personal investment in the country anymore."
It is a lesson not lost upon Vincent Krepps over the last 65 years.
With his brother missing in action, the Army sent him home in 1951 as a soul surviving son.
He later learned the Koreans had captured Richard, but he died in captivity and his body was never returned home.
"They wanted to come home.  Many called our names while taking their last breath.  I am the closest immediate family member left so Richard, when he does come home, or even if I'm not here, please welcome him back."
The yearlong planning for today's ceremony could not foresee the deaths of two Marylanders over the last six weeks.
Airman first class Nathaniel McDavitt of Severna Park was killed in Jordan by the Islamic State last month, and Private First Class Victor Stanfill of Fulton died during a training exercise in Louisiana a few weeks ago.
Both will be honored more fully during next year's observance.

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