Many festivals and parades took place Monday to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Several Memorial Day events attracted large crowds, including the parade in Royal Oak.
Spectator John Stanton said, “We love our country and Memorial Day is very important to us.”
The annual Memorial Day parade brought out many spectators of all ages.
While it may seem to be solemn day remembering those who lost their lives for the country, many came out to celebrate the sacrifice.
Parade goer Andrew Shea said,“It’s a celebratory day to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”
Stanton added, “I’m a veteran and I care about our country. This is very important to us. A lot of people died for our country, for our freedom and that’s why I’m here. Freedom is important to us.”
Rick Merritt’s family goes to the parade every year.
“My dad is a Vietnam veteran so, to get out and support all the people who sacrifice for us is important to us as a family,” he explained. “Just gives us the opportunity to celebrate all the people who have sacrificed their lives for this great nation.”
If you missed a Memorial Day event, many spectators said there is still a way you can honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by being grateful.
Stanton added, “Just say ‘thank you.’”