It is a day to remember our fallen heroes, as Americans pause to pay tribute to our veterans. 17 News has a look at Kern County's Memorial Day ceremonies.
On this annual holiday, as you enjoy a day off from work, it is important to remember what the holiday means. It is a time to honor the men and women who bravely served our country.
At Hillcrest Memorial Park, hundreds took time Monday to honor our troops lost in war and those still standing in harm's way.
"Today, think about that soldier that's far away from home and has just been killed right now. We're here and we are free because of our fallen soldiers," said Maria Garcia.
For Maria Garcia that fallen soldier is her son, Army Specialist Alberto Garcia, who was killed by an explosive in Baghdad five years ago at just 23.
"If we didn't have anyone stepping up like my son and many other young men and women, we'd probably be dodging bullets. We wouldn't be a free country," continued Garcia.
Hundreds of star spangled banners stood tall to honor those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom. Congressman Kevin McCarthy spoke about sacrifice.
It is a sacrifice Evan Morgan knows too well. The Marine veteran lost his legs seven years ago in a roadside bomb attack while serving in Iraq. "As long as people are remembering what this day is about and why you have the day off, that's what's important," said Morgan.
At Greenlawn Cemetery, there was a patriotic tribute to our military men and women, as Kern County paused to honor, to remember, and to say 'thank you' to those who served and those who are serving our country.