Wiregrass Memorial Day Ceremony Honors the Fallen

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"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank. Not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood,” Mayor Mike Schmitz said.

Whether you know someone who has served or not, there's a deep rooted respect for those who put their lives on the line for our country.

"They deserve all the respect and honor that you can give, because without our fighting forces out there, all branches we don't have a chance to survive,” Veteran Jimmy Shiver said.

While some soldiers survive, others do not.

"There's so many of my friends that died back when I was in. Those I know and those I don't know, they all have a place in my heart,” Shiver said.

After the ceremony, there was the laying of the flowers. There are more than 1,500 veterans buried here at Sunset Memorial Park.

"They are sacrificing their lives, some of them have given their lives, some of them are on the line now,” Shiver said.

"People get confused sometimes, they think Memorial Day is the beginning of summer and it is, but if you just think about the vacation we forget so easily the sacrifice that was made. Otherwise it's all fun and games, we want to say - stop, think and pay tribute to our veterans,” Sunset Memorial Park’s Director Robert Byrd said.

"Freedom isn't free, thousands have paid the price for us to be standing here talking about it right now,” Shiver said.

There were veterans from all walks of life at the ceremony, from World War II, to Vietnam, up to the Iraq war.