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Carrying On The Memorial Day Tradition In Killeen

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(KCEN) -- A new memorial slate dedicated to Fort Hood troops killed in action in 2013 was unveiled at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery during Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.

The names of Specialist Ember Alt, 1st Lieutenant Jason Togi, and Sergeant Lyle Turnbull are now etched into the cemetery's monument to those who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hundreds of families were there to pay their respects and give thanks to all American war heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Despite the rain, the annual ceremony and wreath-laying had an even bigger than last year.

Still some veteran leaders feel that across the country, many Americans are losing sight of the solemn day's true meaning.

"I think they're just saying it's just another holiday," says VFW Post 9192 Commander Guadalupe Lopez, "They need to realize that holiday is based on the blood of soldiers that are [buried] here."

Parents, like Jeromiah Lizama, are doing their part to make sure that very commitment is passed down to younger generations.

He brought his four kids Monday to let them see for themselves.

Jeromiah says the most impactful part of the experience is hearing the names of the fallen and seeing their families.

He says, "It doesn't matter if I know them or not, it's just important that there's a personal relationship, that there's a personal meaning for someone out there."

His son Damien seems be getting the message loud and clear.

"There's people all over the world serving our country to make sure that we're free here, and we have a life to live, and we don't have to make the sacrifices that they make every day," says Damien.

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com






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