Memorial Day services held throughout Yuma and Imperial Valley
Yuma, AZ--Family and friends gathered in ceremonies throughout the Desert Southwest to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
"It's very emotional, it brings back a lot of memories," Hector Godoy, a Navy veteran said.
Among those ceremonies, dozens of people attended the Memorial day service hosted by the Elks Lodge on the 600 block of Main street in El Centro.
"It's an honor the fact that many soldiers have passed away especially being from Imperial Valley, a small little town and going around the world representing not only myself, Hispanics but Imperial Valley," Hector Tarango of the U.S. Army said. "It's pretty important."
The event's keynote speaker was Captain Devon Jones, commander of the Naval Air Facility El Centro.
There was also a gun salute and singing of hymns.
The Loyal Order of the Moose 1627 also held their ceremony in the Foothills.
One Air Force veteran said he hopes everybody understands the meaning of Memorial Day.
"Its for veterans..Yes but also for all of our family and friends," Gary Johnson said. "A time of remembrance."
Also on Memorial Day, the national moment of remembrance is practiced by remaining silent for a minute exactly at 3 p.m. (local time) to remember those who served.
Memorial Day before was called Decoration day and it originated after the civil war.
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