War veterans were honored during a special luncheon on Friday, as the Cremation Society of Illinois hosted their 10th annual veterans’ ceremony at Grace United Methodist Church.
Organizers say the ceremony is a way to give back to those who served our country and make sure they know how much they are appreciated.
The event featured a keynote speech from Retired Marine Ryan Curry, who started a group to help support veterans.
Curry says the biggest goal is to help vets mentally heal, and to remind them that they matter in the world.
“I battle PTSD and depression, and post-concussion syndrome. So, it’s not something that’s cured overnight, or cured ever. It’s something you have to work towards,” Curry said.
Curry has spent time in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East during his time in the U.S. Marine Corps.