Bob and Claudia Lazenby have been having family members and friends at their home since 1998 for a Memorial Day gathering that has an emphasis on remembering the sacrifice of America’s military heroes.
Bob said the barbecue started out as a tribute to the memory of Robert Wiley Jenkins, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. Jenkins grew up with Lazenby and his siblings, and he and his brother Walter eventually lived with the Lazenby family before joining the Marines.
Bob recalled that Jenkins joined up right after graduating from high school and was killed in the Tet Offensive within a few months.
“We talked about having something before but we actually started it after we built our house,” he said.
This year will be the 17th Memorial Day barbecue at the Lazenbys, and the event has grown to more than 100 attendees. He said, before the food is blessed, the group takes about 15 minutes to talk about the importance of Memorial Day.
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