GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — American flags waved over the headstones at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in honor of the men and women who died serving their country.
“I get overwhelmed when I think there’s still a lot of good people out there who come out for this tradition,” says Beverley McKinney, who was at the cemetery to honor the fallen heroes.
While many people enjoy the long weekend that comes with Memorial Day, for the people at the cemetery and others across the nation, the day means so much more.
“It’s very special to me because it’s about respecting our veterans and giving them the honor they deserve,” says Seth Stout. Stout was there to honor his grandfather, a veteran who had passed away two years ago, along with all of the other service members memorialized at the cemetery. “Seeing so many people out here is encouraging because we’re remembering them. We’re remembering them in a way they deserve to be, for giving us everything,” says Stout.