It's not just about the picnics and parades. Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor the nation's veterans.
That's what people did at a memorial service in Theresa Sunday.
People lined the streets for the ceremony, where those serving our country were front and center.
The past commander for Jefferson County's American Legion gave opening remarks and then shots were fired to salute our veterans, past and present.
"People forget," David Gerrish said, "and that's what we don't want people to do, is to forget that what the American servicemen actually did for the country will never be forgotten."
"Today is kind of a hard day for our family," said Staff Sgt. Steve Gurak of the 10th Mountain Division.
"My brother-in-law, Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn, was killed on the Fourth of July in Afghanistan," he said. "Everyday, we think about him -- it's not just on particular day."
A wreath-laying marked the end of Sunday's service.
Friday, August 26, 2016, Watertown, NY
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