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CBS 6 surprises World War II veterans on Memorial Day

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Posted at 9:24 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 21:24:13-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Memorial Day is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country's freedom.

So for a special Memorial Day CBS 6 Gives, Cheryl Miller helped suprise and say thank you to two local World War II veterans.

Because of the pandemic, the Memorial Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial was held virtually, so Cheryl wanted to honor two veterans who attend that Memorial Day service every year, including 93 year old Joe Talentino.

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To thank Joe, Cheryl suprised him with to give him a gift basket with items including a giftcard to his favorite spot, Mission Barbecue.

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"Well, it's a big day all over the world, particularly in the United States, particularly during these times. But we have to honor our people," Tarantino said. "And a lot of people have come up to me and thanked me at airports and so forth. And that should be for every military guy."

Meantime, Rob Cardwell and Wayne Covil stopped by to surprise 95 year old world war two veteran Earl Tatum, who also never misses the Memorial Day ceremony and is also very active in keeping the memories and the legacies alive.

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"Memorial Day means remembering the memories of all of my friends that didn't make it," Tatum said.