GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Hundreds of people commemorated Memorial Day at a parade on the streets and at a ceremony held at Soldiers' National Cemetery.
"Please, whatever you do today, keep the memory alive of those men and women who have given their ultimate sacrifice for you: their life," Barry Decker, chairman of Gettysburg's Memorial Day Commission, said.
Of many places to remember those who died in military service to this nation, Gettysburg is especially appropriate for the remembrance. It was the site of the deadliest battle on American soil, and even though it has been more than 150 years since those fateful days in July 1863, it serves as a solemn reminder to honor and remember all those who perished.
"This Memorial Day weekend is not a celebration," Rep. Scott Perry, (R) - 4th District, said. "It is a commemoration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, our freedom, and our liberty."
"Many people gave their lives that we can have a barbecue this afternoon and enjoy ourselves, so it's a day of remembrance and it's a special day," Wayne Hill, a veteran who sang several patriotic songs in the ceremony, added.
Perry said there are several lessons from Memorial Day that can be applied to our daily lives.
"No matter how routine our lives, we must be ever mindful of the cost of freedom, for there is only one price, only the dearest of prices is equal to that peace and freedom," he said.