USS Kidd Memorial Day ceremony focuses on honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Memorial Day is set aside to remember the men and women who died while serving in the military.

A ceremony at the USS Kidd focused on the message on never forgetting them.

A family member of a fallen Iraq War veteran said it is a somber day, not a happy one.

More than 100 people, which included family, friends, veterans and leaders, like Mayor Kip Holden, honored the Louisiana men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"When you stand here today, you can't help but share the emotion of the people all across the world, but also mainly across the United States, who are attending ceremonies of this magnitude," Holden said.

"All I ask is moving forward, you continue to observe this holiday as it was meant to be observed," said Billie Joe Alexander with Louisiana Gold Star Families and whose brother was killed in Iraq in 2007. "There is nothing happy about today. Today is a somber day meant to remember those who gave everything so that we may be here and sit here and enjoy our time off."

The ceremony continued with renditions of Amazing Grace and Taps. Everyone in attendance also placed a poppy next to the names on the Memorial Plaza wall.

Once the ceremony ended, many chose to go inside the museum, while others walked on the ship, as ways to continue to honor our fallen heroes.

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