Sunset Vista Cemetery held services Monday morning, where military veterans and their families gathered to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect the American way of life.
Doug Alcorn attended to pay respects to his brother, a Vietnam War veteran who passed away last December.
“These soldiers have sacrificed a lot for us, and I think it is our responsibility to show our appreciation to every single one of them,” he says.
At American Legion Post 19, a barbeque was held for veterans and their friends, serving as a fantastic venue for veterans to share their own memories from their time in the service, as well as reminisce about those who have already left us.
“It’s a day of recognizing and remembering all those who have come before us, and to honor those who have given the supreme sacrifice for the freedoms we have,” said Leon N. Wilmot, Sheriff of Yuma County.
For Korean War veterans like Charlie Santini, Memorial Day is a chance for him to share stories about the years he spent in the Navy, times he says he will always cherish.
“When I left high school, I went to join the United States Navy, and went to boot camp,” he said. I had a wonderful life in the Navy, and I’m very proud.”