PORT HUDSON, LA (WAFB) - Hundreds gathered to celebrate Memorial Day at Port Hudson National Cemetery, the site of 13,000 veterans' graves.
Volunteers read the names of retired soldiers who died this year, honored local surviving veterans, and fired a gun salute.
They say it's important to honor soldiers by visiting graves and telling stories to keep their memory alive.
"We've lost over a million men and women since the american revolution in combat, and you don't send old people to go to war," said Bill Detweiller with the WWII Museum. "It's the brightest and the best, and they don't think twice."
After the ceremony, hundreds toured the museum to honor our nation's fallen heroes.
"You go off to fight battles. That's a great sacrifice. And not knowing if you would return," said WWI Veteran Bowdre McDowell. "Then those that did not return, their families were left without. It's a sad feeling really."