AURORA, Ill. -- The Grand Marshals of this year's Memorial Day Parade in Aurora share an incredible past.
93-year-old Joe Rippinger, and his wife Helen both served in World War II. He served as an army pilot and she as a nurse.
“I remember how many people laid down what they were doing and signed up,” Helen said. “And knew it was signing a blank check. The patriotism was tremendous.”
The Rippinger's know firsthand the sacrifice that comes with serving. Joe lost both a brother and a son.
“Joe was on a B-24 and that was a very dangerous proposition back then,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “They served their country well. His brother served Battle of the Bulge. One of their sons died 20 years ago in a training exercise. They have really served their country.”
Despite the rain, families turned out in full force.