Saluting the brave and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
On Memorial Day, Northeast Ohio remembers the men and women who've lost their lives in the line of duty.
Friends and members of the American Legion Post 421 said Memorial Day holds a special place in their hearts.
"This is a legacy that has to be carried on," Dennis Clausing said, after the service at Sunset Memorial Park.
Clausing is an Air Force vet who served from 1965 to 1985.
The decades that have passed don't blur his memories.
"It's very important to keep this day alive in people's minds," Clausing said. "The way we live today is because of the veterans that gave their lives."
"I had several good friends who went out on a mission and didn't come back," Clausing said.
Veterans, like Clausing, honor, remember and respect not only the fallen they knew but everyone who's sacrificed to let our flag fly free.
"I don't want to discourage families getting together and everything, but you should pause to remember the veterans," he said.