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Ceremonies Honoring Memorial Day Weekend Begin in Central Texas

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(KCEN) -- Memorial Day Weekend is officially here. It's an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to remember those who gave their lives protecting our country.

The celebration started this morning in Harker Heights with the memorial parade. Veterans, school children and marching bands walked.

Also Brigadier General Clark  Lemasters and Harker Heights Mayor Rob Robinson spoke to the crowd.

Before the parade even started, there was a 5k memorial run, another way to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice said Veteran Lee Stockland.

"This is an opportunity for each of us as individual citizens of this great nation to reflect upon the sacrifices that our service members have made," Stockland said.  "As well as their family members have made to make this nation what it is today."

After the parade a wreath was laid to honor those who gave their lives.

And just down the road in Killeen , volunteers placed American flags on the grave of every veteran in the Killeen City Cemetary.

The tradition started 5 years ago when veteran Walter Brown saw there were no flags for the holiday.

Over the years, he's recruited more and more volunteers willing to take some time to remember the deceased.

"It makes me very proud of where I'm from," said Deanna Turck of Harker Heights. "The fact that people really do realize that Memorial Day is a day to honor our fallen instead of have a bar-b-que."

Several of today's volunteers are veterans themselves.

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