People gathered across Lubbock Monday morning to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country.
At the City of Lubbock Cemetery, crowds gathered for the Twelfth Annual Memorial Day Service.
"It means so much to me to see the legacy that this military has left for so many years and that people are still patriotic simply because of the safety that we feel because of our military and our law enforcement agencies," said Lubbock City Councilman Floyd Price.
Price served as a drill instructor during the Vietnam War training troops to fight overseas. Many of the men he taught never came home.
"When you lose someone that you have trained to go into combat and you lose them, that's personal to you and that feels like not only have you lost a close friend, a military personnel but it feels like you've lost a brother or a sister," he said.
Councilman Price gave the invocation during the ceremony and didn't think twice about speaking.
"I'm just dedicated to the cause of protecting America. We are the greatest country in the world, we are the freest country in the world and it's simply because of young men and young women who have given their lives for protecting our borders," said Price.
Across town at Carillon, residents took part in a Memorial Day tribute and listened to guest speaker Shawn Walton.
"Just seeing everybody, all the other veterans here, knowing that we're all sharing Memorial Day together and every one of them had a different experience with that," said Walton.
Walton is a veteran of the United States Army and graduated high school early to enlist in January of 2004. During his service in Iraq, Shawn stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2007. As he spoke this morning he was very emotional thinking about his friends and heroes that are in the audience.
"I get to remember my fallen brothers, I get to remember what sacrifices they made and how they fought for our freedoms and my freedom wouldn't be the same if it weren't for them," he said, "They're heroes to me, I mean there are some of those guys that went through the suck and it was pretty rough, I couldn't compete with them at all and it's kind of hard for me to sit and talk about my experiences in front of them because they went through so much more than what I went through."
Walton says as people go about their day there is one thought that must go through their mind, "Remember the ones that have fallen and the ones that gave so much."
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