The mood at Carillon Senior Lifecare Community is somber on this Memorial Day as they listen to the names of those who have defended our nation's freedom.
Carillon Executive Director Jesse Jantzen says, "millions have died for the idea of freedom, and for the dream of democracy. On this Memorial Day they'll all be remembered and honored with tributes such as this, with parades and speeches, and the mournful sound of taps blown by a sweet bugle."
The Carillon courtyard is decorated with 100 American flags, one for each veteran currently living there.
A similar salute took place at the Lubbock City Cemetery. Beatrice Perez and her son Felix attended that celebration. Beatrice says, "my grandfather, his great grandfather, served in WWII and my father served 20-years in the US Army, so we know how very important it is to celebrate and remember military because we're a part of that, we're a part of that history and we're very proud to be a part of that history."
The Perez's are among dozens who honored the two-thousand veterans buried there. Perez says Memorial Day is a time for the entire nation to honor our veterans for what they've done for our country's freedom.
"Not everybody has a chance to say my grandfather was a part of WWII, part of a great generation, this is a time for us to say we love you, we remember you and we thank you for everything you do for us."
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