(WYMT) - There were Memorial Day services in Hazard and Whitesburg today. The first was in Hazard at City Hall, where veterans and other folks gathered to honor those who protect our freedom.
These mountains would not be the same if it wasn't for the ones that have payed the supreme sacrifice and for the ones that are still paying today," said James Williams, an Air Force Veteran.
One retired Army Staff Sergeant, Ronald Wilson, says he thinks about the ones he knew who died throughout the year
"I think about them every day. When you're on the battlefield, your buddies to the left and right are your brothers in arms and they become family so when you lose one it's like losing one of your family members," Wilson said.
The playing of "Taps" and 21-gun salutes honored those who served, but could not be present to hear them.
At the Memorial Day service in Whitesburg at the Letcher Veterans Memorial Museum, a retired Air Force medic, Paul Adams, said he thinks about the injured members of the military that he treated all the time>
"I wish I would have been on the battlefield with them. It's very emotional. When you give your all for something, there's not anything you can say except we thank you," Adams said.
Cannon fire rang out and veterans said they always remember fallen military members, the wounded and those on active duty.
There was also a 21-gun salute and wreath unveiling at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard today.