Gatherings were held across the metro Monday for Memorial Day tributes to those who've served our country.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman joined veterans at Omaha's Memorial Park, saying we live in the greatest country because of them. The ceremony included the display of a giant American flag courtesy of aerial trucks from the Omaha Fire Department.
Representatives from each branch of the military held a ceremony along Omaha's riverfront where flowers were placed in a wreath tossed into the Missouri River to honor veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“This is just a serious time to try to think about the people that gave everything and the people that didn't come back,” said Jim Black of the Fleet Reserve. “It's just a way of saying yes, we didn't forget you. We still think about you. We want to honor you and your service.”
In Papillion many gathered to not only honor those who have served, but those who are about to serve as newly enlisted soldiers were sworn in.
One of them was Jazmine Tegels who just graduated high school. She leaves for boot camp next week. Tegels said Memorial Day is very meaningful to her and her family. “My great grandfather was in the army, and grandfather and my parents are, so it’s like a bonding thing for us.”
The new generation also willing to put their life on the line for our freedoms, just as generations did before them.