LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Hundreds of Lubbock residents gathered at the City of Lubbock Cemetery on Monday to honor our fallen soldiers.
The event was hosted by the City of Lubbock and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
"There are many patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July, Armed Forces Day, Veteran's day, Memorial Day," Former US Air Force Colonel Michael Bob Starr said. "They all have a distinct purpose and Memorial Day's purpose is to remember."
Over 2,000 fallen veterans rest at the Lubbock Cemetery.
"We wouldn't be here and we certainly wouldn't be free if they didn't do the things they did and didn't risk their lives for our country," Starr said. "It's the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of all of us."
Tammy Lawry chose to remember by placing a flag on every fallen veteran's grave.
"It doesn't matter if it's freezing cold or 100 degrees, they gave all their lives and they served," Lawry said. "We need to honor them, we really do."
Lawry is a veteran herself.
"I have a sense of pride from serving this country and when people thank me for my service, I thank them for their support," she said. "All of us that served, we couldn't have done what we have done if it wasn't for the support of the American people."
That support includes keeping the meaning of Memorial Day alive.
"One of the things that makes the USA great is the support of people all over the country and the fact that there are people willing to come spend a hot Monday morning on a holiday weekend to remember those who served and given their lives in defense of freedom," Star said.