"You come to this cemetery and see the reason we are free. Freedom isn`t free, somebody has to pay for it and all these people you see here did." said Vietnam Veteran Walt Crawford.
Along with the annual ceremony at Jefferson Barracks, a special event was held at the Jewish Community Center. They dedicated a plaque to honor the memory of Air Force First Lt. Roslyn Schulte. She was the first woman to be awarded the National Intelligence Medal for valor. She grew up in Ladue and was killed by a roadside bomb in 2009 just a few days before Memorial Day.
In St. Charles, the ceremony had a very small town feel. It was held at the American Legion with many veterans in the audience who know too well what this day means.
"It is to remember those who gave their lives so we are free," said World War II Vet Clara Scott.
Because of the veterans we remember in particular on this day it is no longer possible to thank them for their service. But we can still thank their families and honor their memories. If not for a weekend, at least for a day.
But with the "Greatest Generation" becoming the "Fastest Shrinking Generation" younger people do seem to be picking up the tradition. Because their generation has been experiencing its own decade of war.