In Tyler, more than 700 East Texans paid their respects on Monday. Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War were saluted. Friends and families of soldiers who have died were also on hand to decorate grave sites with flowers and flags.
"Memorial Day to me means opportunity to come out and visit with those people who honor our war dead," Ed Champman, Veteran of World War II.
"To remember the sacrifices that are being made in the past and those that are currently being made and the ones that are going to have to be made in the future in order for us to remain free," says Colonel Thomas J. Curtis, USAF Retired.