Eau Claire (WQOW) - Burger King hosted a brief memorial day service in honor of those who served and are serving our country.
Although this was the Golf Road restaurant's first ceremony, it has been a continuous sponsor of the VFW's Unmet Needs program. Through various fundraisers, they've donated $2.2 million to Unmet Needs.
"We're glad to help these people out," Burger Kind Co-owner Gen Hatfield said. "It's an honor and a pleasure, and it gets to your heart."
The restaurant will give blue bracelets to anyone who makes a donation and will sell the flags that surround their business until Monday.
Those who attended the ceremony said they hoped people remember the reason for Memorial Day.
"When the people are out and about, I want them to remember our veterans, those that have passed, and those that are still here serving our country," Gold Star Mothers President Kaye Olson said.
Olson helped organize today's ceremony. She had 27 years of active duty. Her son served nine years in the marines before he was killed in Iraq in 2005. Olson, her son, and husband combined had 74 years of military service.