CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - "It's a day to remember," said James Below of Sikeston.
"To think of all the freedoms we have because of their sacrifices," said Lynette Pelling of Florida.
It only comes once a year, but it's a time we honor hundreds of thousands of men and women.
"They're people, they're dads, they're fathers, they're sons, they're mothers, they're daughters, they're sisters, they're brothers," said Michelle Mangrum.
"Our soldiers are so courageous and so heroic, and we wouldn't have the freedoms we have now without them," Pelling.
A group sponsored by VFW Post 3838 lined up more than 450 flags in Cape Girardeau County Park to represent those who've served and fallen.
"The flags behind are just one of the most beautiful things to reflect this freedom that we have," said Mangrum.
"Those younger kids, they will remember seeing this avenue of flags and they will remember it for a long long time," said Jerry Hampton, the organizer of the flag display.
Flags flew at half staff until noon, when people raised them to full height.
"Memory of the sacrifices so many people have given us for our freedom," said Pelling.
A Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery, people put flags and flowers on grave sites to remember those they've lost.
"I think sometimes we just need to stop from our busy schedules, daily activities, to remember," said Below.
"Our country has set aside days like this that we can stop, and reflect," said Mangrum.
At the Cape Girardeau Veterans home, family members of veterans who have died in the last year, pinned a flower to honor their loved one.
Veterans joined in the memorial, and discussed their own memories.
"For their honor, being honored and being expected to help Americans be safe," said Veteran Oscar Lawson.
And each one said if they could do it again, they would have served their country longer.
"I feel like I could do more," said Normandy Myers.
"Love your country, honor what these men have done," said Pelling.
"It's just one of those things that I don't think people say enough thank you," said Mangrum.