RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This morning, hundreds of people gathered in Richmond at the Virginia War Memorial to honor the fallen men and women of the military.
From 3-year-old Joseph proudly waving his new American flag, to Veterans, to just ordinary citizens, all were there this warm Memorial Day to remember the 11,000 plus fallen Virginians who died in the line of duty.
"This is so great," says Brenda May. Brenda's son, Staff Sergeant Donald May Junior was one of the first Virginian's killed in Iraq, just days after the first troops arrived.
Seven years later, this is what gets her through. "It just makes a swelling inside that covers that scar for a brief moment that you can breath again, without that heart wrenching pain," adds May.
Today, there's Tony Brown in attendance, an Eagle Scout here to support his brother" "I'm so proud to know my brother is serving."
His brother, Stephen, is a Cadet preparing to be part of the next wave of hero's. "To see these vets, they look down on us as the people that are carrying the torch they had, defending our nation one way or another," says Steven.
He's talking about Vets like Colonel Van Barfoot, the Henrico Medal of Honor recipient, who fought to fly an American Flag on a flag pole in his front yard.
"It's coming here to represent myself to those young men who have their name up on the wall. They were talking side by side with me one time or another," says Col. Barfoot.
Its all to remember the freedom we have today, paid for through the courage of so many heroes.
"My son would be so proud," adds May.
Wreaths were also placed after the ceremony inside the war memorial, as a symbol to remember all of the fallen men and women not only on this Memorial Day, but everyday.