Since Memorial Day was first observed in the 1860's. More than 600,000 U.S. servicemen and women have died in war.
In Washington, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He and Vice President Joe Biden later commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It was all about remembering those who died for our country.
American flags lined Main St in Harrisonburg to honor them and many people said they will never forget what those servicemen and women have done for this country.
A cannon fired and flags were raised.
More than 100 people gathered in Harrisonburg to remember our fallen soldiers, including Vietnam Veteran Thomas Pruitt.
"My fallen comrades that I'm really thankful for what they've done for us and remember them always, every day," said Pruitt.
He said Memorial Day is not about him and other vets, it is about those who never made it home.
"I have some very dear friends, their names are on the wall in D.C. It means a great deal to us, to show the respect for them."
Even for those who did not know someone who died for this country, many still honored them Monday.
For Ralph Geddes, he remembered a father he never got the chance to meet.
"My dad served in World War I and World War Two and I never got to know him but he served his country well and being a son that never knew his dad, at least I pay my respect."
Respect is something Pruitt will always have for his friends who died in the war.
"Veterans have questions,” said Pruitt. “How come they were able to come home when their friends couldn't? But I do feel blessed that I am able to enjoy the freedom that they gave us."
Pruitt said he hopes everyone took time Monday to thank not only those who fought for this country but also the men and women who are still serving overseas.
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