LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Memorial Day isn't about an extra day off from work or the cookouts. Local veterans are asking everyone in the community to take time out of their day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Honoring our fallen soldiers is what hundreds of local people did Memorial Day morning at the veteran’s cemetery. Many veterans, and family members came out to remember their loved ones who have fallen. Eduardo Jaime recalls a painful day.
"I myself remember March 14, 1970. I lost most of my squad to a trap. There were seven in my squad, three were killed, four wounded. I still remember till this day.
Veterans took turns reading the names of local veterans who have passed away. Veteran John Barton paid tribute to his uncle, who lost his life in war.
"He died in Vietnam. He was a pilot in the Air force, he was an air controller. He was shot down in October of 1968, while I was there in Vietnam."
This cemetery is where about two thousand veterans are buried; each grave with an American flag for their sacrifice. Jaime hopes each every person living in the United States takes the time to remember all the fallen soldiers.
"They paid the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom is not free. We have to fight for it, we fought for it along time ago and we are still doing it so I think everybody should pay tribute on this day, not just because it's a day off, but stop and remember."
Webb County is home to about 11,000 veterans.