Memorial Day services held around Tucson - Tucson News Now

Memorial Day services held around Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Across Southern Arizona, people gathered for Memorial Day ceremonies at various cemeteries.

Hundreds of flags are displayed at East Lawn Palm Cemetery. They mark the spots where soldiers have been laid to rest. Today, many Tucsonans came out to pay tribute.

At a solemn ceremony on the east side, people gathered to honor our fallen military service members.

"We should celebrate the spirit in which they served and reflect upon their contributions.

One veteran who served in the Army lost some of his close friends. He said, "It's a good feeling you're thinking of them because they're here. I feel their presence."

The Moon family lost their son, Christopher. He died from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan three years ago.

"It's hard to realize it until it happens to you," said Moon's father Brian.

Some veterans and their family members placed flowers and wreaths at a memorial.

The ceremony included taps and the release of white doves.

At another service across town, at South Lawn Cemetery, a 21 gun salute was given.

Lupe Romero has been visiting her veteran father's grave for the last 50 years.

She says today is also important to recognize our active military.

"We pray for all the servicemen that are out there. The ones that have passed away and the ones that are here also," said Romero.

Boy Scout troops helped place the flags on the graves of the veterans.

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