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Continuing to honor the fallen

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

AMVETS Riders and a local bar is pulling out all the stops, as they continue the Independence Day celebration with a night honoring veterans.

The annual 'Veteran's Tribute Bike Night' took place at the Screaming Eagle in downtown Waterloo Thursday night.

It's possibly the loudest veterans' celebration in the Cedar Valley, with countless bikes revving their engines in a Thunder Salute to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans.

"It is awesome. It is the Cedar Valley turn out; it is Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale. We have riders from all over, plus the people here. This is a patriotic town," said Ivan Hankins, a veteran who helped establish the local AMVET Riders.

The AMVETS rode into downtown Waterloo with a police escort before the National Anthem, a 21-gun salute, the setting of the Fallen Soldier's Table, and the playing of the taps.

Just a few of the many ways these men and women say "thank you" and recognize those who didn't make it home.

 "Those are all brothers, sisters, fathers, sons, cousins, uncles - and they are all a missing chapter out of somebody's life," said Screaming Eagle American Bar owner, Ivan Wieland.

Gathering the loudest support of all, the announcement of the dedication of the Sullivan Brothers Plaza at the convention center by Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart.

"That ground that the plaza sits on, that block, will always give remembrance and honor to the Sullivan family, and all the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Mayor Hart.

Several veterans told KWWL they are so incredibly happy to know the Sullivan name will continue to be a part of the convention center.     

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