JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Their lives cut short, but their memory lasts a lifetime as many gathered on this Memorial Day at the Jacksonville National Cemetery to honor them, for the freedom bestowed upon us today.
Thousands of names etched in stone, their courageous sacrifice etched in the minds of Americans, as we remember our fallen servicemen and women.
"This is the appropriate place for the final resting place, on the grounds, for respecting and honoring the people that serve this country," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
It's their loved ones that continue telling their stories of bravery, like Jodie Raymond who lost her father in the Battle of the Bulge at the age of 17.
"My two brothers never knew their dad, and the fun part was my mother died at 96 and never remarried," said Raymond.
"My dad was in Korea, my brother in Vietnam, and my husband in Desert Storm," said Chairwoman of the Jacksonville Ladies Kathy Cayton.
Both women are now proud Jacksonville Ladies, and their mission is making sure those that are laid to rest are not alone.
"There was a veteran that did not have any family present, and so we were honored to be there as a Jacksonville Lady. We're proud to be here for all the families," said Cayton.
After what happened last week, the Jacksonville Ladies say they hope volunteers come forward to help continue their efforts, in making sure no veteran is buried alone.