Traveling Vietnam Wall comes to Bisbee for Memorial Day

"You can see it in people's faces that they're a little horrified that they forget this is what the day's about", said Jaslow, 34, who wears a bracelet bearing the name of a fallen comrade.

47 ABC spoke to ceremony organizer Sergeant Edward Tattersall of the U.S. Army, who talked about the importance of this holiday.

2017 is the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I. Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, who died in 1918 while serving on the Western Front in France, wrote a poem titled "In Flanders Fields", to honor a fellow Canadian soldier who died in 1915. He enlisted in the U.S. Army toward the end of the war, January of 1946.

"Back in October of 1970, I was a 12-year-old kid sitting in the nicest geography teacher's classroom that I could", said Fries-Wilson turning to her former teacher.

Guest speaker for the event was George Scarborough, past state commander of the Missouri American Legion.

Near the parade, a couple hundred people, including children, conducted their own tribute - walking silently, bearing large portrait pictures of American service members killed in action in World War II. "He had a lot of stories", Kraft said. According to the History Channel, it was created after the Civil War as a way to honor those who had died in the war.

"My brother in '69, he came home in a box". "It's unfortunately the personal scars that we carry, because everybody here has lost somebody in these wars and we all have those memories, so today is about remembering those fallen heroes".

Numerous facility's 175 veterans joined with with friends, family and other community members in the home's courtyard to hear remarks from Mayor Hardie Davis and Col. Deborah Ellis of Fort Gordon.

Invited to speak to high school students in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she said she told them, "What is the true meaning of Memorial Day?"

"For people that may not have family members that are out here to pay their respects for them", said Officer Larson.

The gathering is "a solemn reminder that these freedoms are never free", Burgum said. In doing so, we pledge our Nation's allegiance to the great cause of freedom for which they fought and ultimately died.

It's been decades since Jim Hughes returned home from the Vietnam War, but to him, it still feels like yesterday. We honored our past and our traditions. "Because, at the time, we didn't have any armored vehicles".

The Pasco ceremony, one of several held in the Tri-Cities on Monday, concluded with a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps and then the release of balloons.

A cannon was sacked and a bell was rung for around 70 veterans, who lost their lives.

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