Guest speaker Brandy Feltman told the crowd that all too often Americans forget the sacrifices that soldiers make in order to serve their country.
“They are the ones who have given us this life today. They are the ones who faced fear, seek justice and fought for the red, white and blue,” Feltman said.
Feltman encouraged those who had gathered to continue supporting the men and women of the military and to also remember those who gave their lives in battle.
Feltman added that Memorial Day should be more than an opportunity to take off work and spend time with family; it should be a day of thanksgiving.
“Today we honor and thank them all, and tomorrow we must continue to honor them. They are the ones who have given us the chance to live in freedom today and an opportunity to look forward to tomorrow,” Feltman said.
The observance also included a gun salute by the Walker County Honor Guard, the playing of “Taps” and laying of a wreath at the veteran’s monument on the courthouse square.