WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - On Monday, people throughout the country, and in Texoma, remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
That's what the Disabled American Veterans' 41st Chapter did Monday morning at the Wichita County Cemetery.
"My message today was basically about my father who died three years ago," an emotional keynote speaker, Peter Griffiths said.
Tears, laughter, and pride could be seen at the Wichita County Remembrance Ceremony.
"It's a solemn day," Griffiths said. "And I think sometimes we get a little mixed up on what it is because it's also a celebration of the beginning of summer between today and Labor Day."
Griffiths told his dad's story to dozens in attendance. It was a speech that hit home with veteran Scott Martinez.
"It resonated with me because my father also served in Vietnam," Martinez said. "And I joined the military to join the Marine Core to follow his footsteps."
While Griffiths spent his morning thinking about his dad, Martinez was also thinking of someone lost that's very special to him.
"I've got a great uncle that was a POW in World War II and he was on my mind this morning," a tearful Martinez said.
Both men came out to show their respects to those who died while fighting for our country.
They hope others spend their Memorial Day doing the same whether they're at a barbecue, or outdoors at the lake.
"We enjoy that because of those that served and we have to remember that," Griffiths said. "If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be able to enjoy the liberties we currently have."
"We just want to say thank you for your service for those who have passed," Martinez said. "You are not forgotten. If we forget those that fought for us, we may be in different hands tomorrow."
Martinez said it doesn't matter what you are doing on your Memorial Day or where you are spending it.
He said what matters is that you take a little bit of time out of your day to remember those who have fallen.
For the first time ever a horse walked through as part of the ceremony, symbolic for those who didn't make it home.
Martinez said if any family of a fallen military member needs anything, the Wichita Falls DAV will help out in any way they can.