Sapulpa's Green Hill Cemetery held a memorial service for veterans and family members today. Channel 8's Kim Jackson was there.
A cemetery is never more decorated than memorial day. But veterans say we should all remember this is the holiday that makes other holidays possible.
Young faces and color guards opened the memorial today in Sapulpa.
Veterans and family members showed up remember service and sacrifice. Sergeant First Class Keiron Peacock talked about his experience in Afghanistan with the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry.
"This last year we saw more combat we lost folks. Living conditions were worse, so it was definitely an intense 9 months that I'm glad is over and I'm glad we didn't lose any more than we did. Because it honestly could have been three times that number of casualties.
He says they lost 14 soldiers in about 9 months during the last Afghanistan tour, which ended in March.
Carol Haulbert is relieved her nephew made it back with the group. But she lost a brother in Vietnam and a son, in a non-military related death.
"It still bothers me. you know, uh, it bothers me a lot but I am just glad my nephew and the others from Afghanistan made it back. I was scared for that."
They admit to fear and they hold on to pride.
John Mark Young visits a memorial to an inspirational uncle--and a cousin, who died in Vietnam.
"The military appreciates the attitude of our country because I really feel that we have the support of our country when we deploy and I appreciate that. When you say thanks for your service, that really does mean a lot to us," said Young, who is a retired Marine veteran.
It's about remembering, reflecting. and rejoicing. that America is a free country.
Parents and adults, while you are celebrating, veterans and advise, educate the youngsters, about sacrifices that have been made.