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Families commemorate lives lost for Memorial Day

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) -

For more than 300 people Memorial Day kicked off at Castaway Cove for Scouts Day.

Local members of The Boy Scouts of America put their creativity to the test Monday morning as they sailed to the finish line in their very own cardboard boat.

"Everybody designed the boat and me and my dad put most of the tape on it and we did the zombie shark design," Tristan Roberts said.

The group, Pack-316 kicked off the race with their zombie shark cardboard boat, and even though the eight-year-old sailor believed a partner would have been a huge help, the team still believed their hard work paid off.

Other families in Wichita Falls decided to avoid the long lines at Castaway Cove by spending part of their day at Lucy Park.

Many like Kristal Mulholland were out there celebrating Memorial Day with a family cookout.

"My parents and my children are over here we had some hot dogs and then now we are playing before it gets too hot and tonight we are going swimming," Mulholland said

However, for one veteran-owned business Memorial Day was all about paying tribute through a fallen soldiers table. 

"We've got a lot of military families and a lot didn't make it home from the Korean War," Jump for Joy owner, Jennifer Bell said.

Jump for Joy celebrated the life of all fallen military members by donating all of their proceeds to the children of fallen soldiers relief fund.

A nonprofit that provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving children and spouses of U.S. Military service members who have lost their lives.

For that reason, Aiden O'Malley, a six-year-old, decided to not only celebrate Memorial Day at Jump for Joy but also his birthday.

"My mom told him about the fallen soldier's fundraiser and he wanted to give back for his birthday instead of getting presents he wanted to give back to those families that were affected by the wars," Hunter O'Malley said. 

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