"We're here to talk about our friends and family members that we lost," said William "Spanky" Gibson, Jr., a retired U.S. Marine Corps master sergeant who lost a leg in 2006 during combat in Iraq.
Gibson was the Grand Marshal for the City of Dearborn's 90th annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Service Monday.
"I can't even imagine all the young marines I've lost in my career. It gets emotional every time I think about it, but I'll never forget them. Today is just another day that I'll never forget them."
A military funeral service also honored seven men who served in the armed forces, but whose ashes remained on shelves at various funeral homes because, perhaps, relatives didn't have the money to bury them or loved ones could not be located.
One of the men, PFC Daniel Lentz, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII, died forty years ago on September 1, 1973.
PFC John Luobikis, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII, died March 10, 1975.
Pvt. Howard Johannsen served in the U.S. Army during WWII and died December 31, 1976.
Sgt. Russell Shumway served in the U.S. Army Troop A, 14th Calvary during WWI and died March 31, 1980.
S1C John Avram served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and died January 25, 1986.
Pvt Andrew Hudacko served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII and died Feb 22, 1993.
Pvt Orville Koonce served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and died December Feb 25, 1993
The ashes of the seven men are now being moved to places of honorable interment.