Just over 100 people gathered at the monument built to remember Bay County's war dead. More than 1,000 Bay County soldiers have paid the ultimate price for freedom. They were remembered Monday at Bay Memorial Park.
J.P. Jett stood along some of those fallen soldiers while serving his country in the Air Force for close to 30 years.
"If it wasn't for all the military people, since the beginning of our country, we wouldn't be able to celebrate a day like Memorial Day," says Jett.
Jett now depends on our country's young soldiers to carry on the legacy his comrades left behind. They say they are proud to do so.
"They're the ones that started it all. I'm just trying to carry on the tradition," says Seaman Joseph Buell of the U.S. Coast Guard.
It's a tradition carried on from generation to generation.
"Thank God we have young men that will serve. God bless America," says Jett.
Bay Memorial Park is one of only two parks in the state honoring our country's fallen soldiers.