NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It was a day of remembrance in Nacogdoches, honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"This is a day that everybody has barbeques, goes to the lake and has fun," said Michael Bishop, a VVA member. "Today, it's much deeper than that."
Veterans from across East Texas and community members alike all joined to hear the stories of those who fought and those who lost their lives.
"There was two soldiers there to let us know my brother had been killed in action," Connie Merack said, describing the loss of her brother Cpl. Raymond D. Mareck, an Army Ranger who was killed in action.
Retired Lt. Col. Johnnie Johnson, said that on Memorial Day we also recognize the families of those soldiers who did not return home from war.
"For the family of those who did not return, what today is all about, Memorial Day, in remembrance of those people," said Johnson. "It's a lifetime of sadness and dedication."
Veterans like Johnson encourage Americans to meet some of the soldiers from a time they consider to be "the greatest generation."
"If you have a patriotic bone in your body, talk to these 'greatest generation' people," said Johnson. "The 90-year-olds that are fading every day, they won't be around much longer."