Updated: 05/26/2014 5:54 PM
Created: 05/26/2014 4:13 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia
While many spent the day at the beach or barbecuing with friends and family -- others spent it remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.
Monday morning, veterans in the town of Brighton rose the American flag -- a constant symbol of hope and freedom.
A forty-five minute ceremony at Buckland Park honored those who lost their lives serving our nation.
Frank Kazden took part in the ceremony. He says he served in World War II as a merchant marine and as a member of the United States Army.
He says, "Today, on this date, I was loading artillery ships in New Jersey, seventy years ago today."
Kazden says the true meaning of Memorial Day seems to have been lost.
"I would like them to know when they pass a military cemetery to know that those men gave their all so that they could walk past that cemetery," says Kazden.
The veterans at the ceremony say it's important to thank those who have served our country and recognize their sacrifices every day -- not just on Memorial Day.