LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With the sounds of national anthem, taps, and flags in hand, Kentuckiana residents are saying thank you to those who fought for our freedom.
Monday, hundreds came out for Memorial Day ceremonies in Louisville.
"We have to respect these guys that gave their lives for our country," said Veteran Melvin Reed.
Many of the veterans have their stories, their badges and clothing can tell you their journey in life hasn't been easy.
"The P.O. W. emblems speaks for itself some of the other patches, I was a medic and the patches represent the medical dept," said Veteran James Hughes. "When you see a fellow veteran, it's like seeing a member of your family."
Those who came to the ceremony at Cave HIll were standing in the final resting place of heroes.
"We're humbled to be in the presence of these stones," said Brigadier General Julius Berthold, US Army, Ret. "We know nothing can dim the brightness that they shine on our hearts."
"It makes me feel sad because so many people loose their lives and we still fighting Iraq Afghanistan," said Reed.
"It's overwhelming amazing, I just didn't realize this was here," said Hughes. "It's a treasure, it's a treasure."
A treasure, Todd Malone wants his family value at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
"I want continue to inspire my own children to give at least the same kind of honor to those who have passed," said Malone. "As we walk away from here this afternoon and we talk about the great things these men and women have done, we can also thing about ways we can help in our community."