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Memorial Day: Honoring America's veterans

Hundreds came together during an annual ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery to honor Southern Nevada's veterans.

It was standing room only during the ceremony at the cemetery in Boulder City. Veterans and their families gathered to honor fallen heroes.

"My father was one of those who escorted other soldiers home to their final resting place during Vietnam," said Vena Foster.

Her father passed away last year and is buried at the cemetery. Her husband, is a Desert Storm veteran.

"My husband is a permanently disabled veteran and so we're always out wanting to thank all of our veterans for what they do."

Several generations of military members who served in different wars and for different military branches all came together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The ceremony honors the 41,000 brave men and women buried at the cemetery. Not all of them died in the line of duty, but all of them proudly served their country.

A total of 26,600 American flags were placed on graves. A somber reminder of the price of freedom.

A missing man formation is still an emotional sight for Vietnam War veteran, Tyrone Porter.

"Because of the camaraderie that we had with each other. They were like my best brothers," Porter said.

The aerial salute honors a life lost but never forgotten.

The Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery first opened in 1990. It's one of two state funded veterans cemeteries. The second one is up north in Fernely.

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