LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It was the normal hustle and bustle of traffic at the busy South Street and Creasy Lane intersection. But on Sunday, there may have been more of a reason for drivers to pay attention.
Members of Lafayette’s Marine Corps League took turns standing at attention.
“My mind is on how hot it is,” Marine Corps League Member Carl Schwamberger said. “It’s not nearly as bad as it was when I was paid to do it years ago.”
Schwamberger knows it is all worth it. For four years, the Marine Corps League has used different holidays, including Memorial Day weekend, to stand for the fallen.
The event raises money for local veterans at the Klinker Veterans Center, and veterans abroad at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
“They do the extra care for the patients the military staff doesn’t have the funds or staff members to do,” Schwamberger said.
Schwamberger said standing at a busy intersection brings even more attention to the event, especially on a popular travel weekend like Memorial Day weekend. However, he said the fallen veterans he stands for are the real reasons for the holiday.
The next Standing for the Fallen event will be on September 11. To donate you can send a check to the Marine Corps League at P.O. Box 53 Lafayette, IN 47902, or click here.