Historic Gulf Cemetery honors fallen veterans

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Walton County locals took a moment Monday morning to honor fallen veterans at the Historic Gulf Cemetery.

The cemetery hosted its annual Memorial Day service for dozens of Walton County locals. (WJHG)

The cemetery hosted its annual Memorial Day service for dozens of Walton County locals.

The cemetery has 135 veterans interred on its grounds and each name was read off Monday morning to make sure their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

While some view Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, organizers say there's so much more to the holiday.

Bill Keyes, the President of the Gulf Cemetery Association said, "It's important to remember Memorial [Day] isn't about just cranking up the grill and opening up the cooler and having time with your family. It's about remembering those who paid the ultimate price so that we can enjoy all the freedoms we do."

Retired Lieutenant United States Air Force Colonel Scott Warner added, "We can't honor our fallen warriors, our lost family members, on one day a year. It takes time, it takes effort, it takes conviction, just like they showed."

At the end of the ceremony, those in attendance helped replace flags on veterans' graves.

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