"Any person that's in the military has really given and sacrificed that we have the freedom that we have today and so that's very special to us here at the cemetery as well as those across the US," Lawn Haven Administrative Assistant Evelyn Williams said.
Retired Air Force servicemen JT Tucker led the crowd in prayer and gave a speech. A release of red, white and blue balloons followed soon after.
Although a few events were cancelled due to heavy rainfall over the weekend, historic Fort Concho moved its Memorial Day ceremonies inside the commissary building. US Army retired Colonel Brian Campbell spoke on the significance of the holiday adding that his service in the military does not compare to the ultimate sacrifice his brothers in arms made.
"It's a very humbling thing to be lumped in with that group and then asked to stand up and speak on behalf of men that I looked to as personally having sacrificed much more than I ever did," Campbell said.