Balloon release in Nacogdoches honors fallen heroes

Balloon release in Nacogdoches honors fallen heroes
Photo: Lois Lacy hold a baloon with her father's name written on it. (Source: KTRE)
Photo: Lois Lacy hold a baloon with her father's name written on it. (Source: KTRE)
In Nacogdoches, the names of service members who died serving the country were released into the sky on Monday.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to write the names of their loved ones or friends on the balloons to remember their lives.

"This is the first time that I've had a chance to put my dad's name on a balloon and release it. I was so happy to have that opportunity," said Lois Lacy, an attendee.

Lacy said her father was a pharmacist mate with the Navy during WWII.

"He was in the first invasion and he was also in Okinawa on the last action so every Memorial Day, because of the all the people, all the good people, that he lost in the war and so this is the first time I've had a chance to really, really remember him on this day so I appreciate that opportunity," Lacy said.

Among those who attended the ceremony were the younger generation taking in several messages from guest speaker Sergeant Greg Sowell with the Nacogdoches Police Department. He emphasized the importance to continue understanding the true meaning of Memorial Day.

"I think it's important that we instill that into the younger generations, so like I said earlier, lest we forget. We don't certainly want to forget why we have Memorial Day. It's not just a three-day weekend to begin summer," Sowell said.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A special barbershop-style group also performed numerous songs.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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