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"I thank them every day".

He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind. That is not "happy", though it should make us feel grateful, and gratitude is arguably a part of happiness.

The Northland Memorial Day Parade, which has been around since 1871, were having trouble getting people to participate this year with only 16 units registered just a few weeks ago.

In some regions, such as here in Oklahoma, the custom is to remember all of the dead.

Nathan volunteered with his father earlier this week to help place American flags on 500 acres of land ahead of Saturday morning's annual Memorial Day service at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.

"Each Memorial Day I am reminded of my favorite quote which is inscribed at the top of the wall of the WWI memorial at Memorial Church, where I spent many hours during my time at college".

But of course, we want to honor the true meaning of the day, and it's within that spirit that News19 joins everyone across the nation in recognizing the sacrifice of America's fighting forces. "You know, they have faces, and that's something we need to remember".

Sgt. Conor McDaniel with the 4th Infantry Division came to remember friends recently lost.

People mourning the losses and celebrating the lives of veterans celebrated Monday including those right here in Middle Georgia. For Hawkins, Memorial Day is a day of reflection.

Mindy's husband is a retired Army captain.

Denny Craycraft, the organizer of the event, said they have raised funds to erect five pillars representing the Belding veterans who were lost and two of the Greenville men.

"The ceremony is meant to encourage participation", Meyer said. "It's not that they're doing it out of malice".

Following the service at Civic Center Park, American Legion Post 359 conducted gun salutes at Memorial Park, Ashland, Mount Auburn, Mount Olivet, Adath Joseph and Mount Mora cemeteries. "I'm so proud of him and our soldiers and military men and women everywhere", said Bridgeman.

World War II veteran, 90-year-old Glenn Durham, sang the national anthem during the Memorial Day program.