Memorial Day Service At Rose Lawn Park

Across the sea of red, white and blue, was East Texan's love.

"We love you for that sacrifice. But today, Lord, we want to remember all those who have given their lives for the freedom of this country," said Jerry Hull, Chaplain.

"Memorial Day is not just another three day weekend. Not just another barbeque, not the start of the summer. But it's a time that we stop and remember and honor all of those who create and make the freedoms that we hold so dearly," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass.

Dignitaries and servicemen and woman alike came together to pause and remember.

"Fitting tributes to those who have sacrificed. Some have given the last full measure of devotion, some have given day after day. This is the time to pay tribute to them and say thank you," said Representative Louie Gohmert.

Representative Gohmert read the names of 13 men and women from East Texas that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spoke about the attacks on September 11th.

"God can work things together for good," said Gohmert.  "It was devastating. But out of the evil from those people, God has stirred up a nation again to help them to realize our first responders and our military deserve the praise they used to get before Vietnam."

"Our rights have been secured at a great sacrifice to others. These gifts we treasure. Knowing they are ours because of the valor of these fallen heroes. And those at eternal rest," said Pastor Glenn Bourke.

And not far from peoples hearts were the servicemen and women whose fate remains unknown.

"They are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POW, MIA and KIA We call them brothers," said Lt. Col. Leo Glover, Korean War Veterans Association.

"Freedom isn't free and these guys have payed the ultimate price. It's very important to us to make sure they are remembered ," said James T. Gill, retired navy.

Through that memory, their love was easy for all to see.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.