LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As the three volley salute and the playing of Taps drifted into the morning, those gathered at the Lexington National Cemetery honored the people who laid down their lives for our freedom.
"They gave it all so we could have freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to come out here and pay our respects to the soldiers that gave their lives," said Lesley Woosley.
Her husband served in the Navy. He says it isn't easy to pay his respects to those who died but it's important.
"Knowing that someone gave their life, it's solemn. You read the inscriptions to the cemetery and knowing that someone young have everything," Fred Woosley said.
John Kalbfleisch, the honor guard commander who helped organize the ceremony, says he served with a friend that didn't make it home.
He says seeing so many people honoring the sacrifices made by those in uniform lets him know his friend's death isn't forgotten.
"It means a lot. It means that people care. I do a lot of funerals and the saddest funerals are the ones where no one attends," Kalbfleisch said.
Event coordinators say hundreds of people came to pay tribute to the fallen Monday morning.