"Freedom is not free," Congressman Randy Neugabauer, said in his opening remarks. On Monday the City of Lubbock Cemetery held a special Memorial Day ceremony.
"A huge price has been paid four our freedom and many men and women before us have paid the ultimate price," said Neugabauer, one of hundreds of people in attendance. Many of them were veterans or family and friends of veterans.
"It's a very special day for veterans and those who enjoy the freedoms we have in this country," said Lubbock resident Alex Kraft. The ceremony included patriotic hymns, speeches by city and state leaders and a 21 gun salute followed by Taps.
Some of the people who participated in today's ceremony were even overcome with emotion. Families also said it was important for their children and grandchildren to be at the ceremony.
"We need to respect them, honor them, and thank them," said Congressman Neugabauer. The girl scouts and boy scouts put over 1000 American flags on markers in the cemetery.