Posted: May 30, 2011 7:02 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: May 30, 2011 7:13 PM
Several memorial day services were held across Acadiana, honoring our fallen soldiers. Monday was not only a day for remembrance, but also a day for celebration.
It was a somber but celebratory day as dozens gathered at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Lafayette to honor veterans and the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"It is just amazing to me the sacrifices and although some go in saying they are not brave, they always do the best they can and serve their country," said Pat Regan, a patriot.
On a day when most people get together for barbeques, crawfish boils and drinks, veterans believe people shouldn't spend the day focusing on grilling or beer.
"Remembering those that paid the ultimate price so that they do have the liberty, and freedom to be able to celebrate," said Adam Mouton, Master Sargent of the United States Army Retired.
"So many sacrifice so much that this is the least we can do is have their day and honor them," said Regan.
Monday was a glorious day for flying flags as they were flapping in the wind. Memorial Day directors at Greenlawn Memorial laid out 747 flags to create one huge American flag, the same American flag that these veterans all served under.
The ceremony was an emotional time for veterans and their friends and family.