Veterans and patriotic groups in Englewood gatherered Memorial Day to remember the fallen and honor their sacrifice in a unique way.

After a service complete with the laying of a memorial wreath, a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps, the groups gathered near a flag pole at Gulf Pines Memorial Park to bury a time capsule.

The capsule contained items visitors left behind at the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, when it came to Englewood last November.

The committee responsible for bringing the memorial to Charlotte County decided to collect all the mementos and seal them in a time capsule for 25 years.

“It helps with closure with everyone, and I think it helps preserve their memory,” said Cher Macey, with the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall committee.

Some of the tokens buried included stuffed animals and American flags with notes.

“There were medals… special love letters.. A map of Vietnam, pictures of the vets themselves,” said Macey.

When the capsule is opened again in 2038 the items inside will be given to Englewood’s archives.