More than two-thousand local men and women have paid the ultimate price for freedom, their lives. And today, the city of Lubbock honored those sacrifices with a special service.
The first Memorial Day was observed May 30th, 1868, but some believe that 137 years later, Americans take the holiday for granted. Today, two different generations came together to remind Americans what the holiday represents. "This is more than a 3 day holiday, more than cook outs and barbecues...think about freedoms people afford us, think about lost lives." Floyd Price, a city councilman and Vietnam Veteran, says Memorial Day is more than just a day away from the office. One World War II Veteran agrees. Floyd Heathington says, "they gave their lives for our country, and it's been a custom for a long time."
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One such custom is placing flowers on grave sites, and this Memorial Day, the younger generation took over the long-time tradition and placed American flags where veterans lie.
The ceremony was meant to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we have everyday, but as most are in thought of days past, Heathington is thinking about the future. "When I see young boys and girls, I think how long in the future will they be in battlefields, lying dead? I would like to prevent that."
In December 2000, a resolution was passed that on every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. Local time, that all Americans take a moment of silence in remembrance and respect.