ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

Taps, a 21-gun salute and a treasured tune played by a bagpiper -- those were some of the sights and sounds of an emotional Memorial Day at Elizabethton's Happy Valley Memorial Park cemetary..

"It is emotional," Marine veteran Dexter Lunceford said. "You know most people here knows someone that has either died either during combat or since then."

Guest speaker Garry Edwards saluted the over a million American military men and women who've fought and died abroad serving their country. He says their dreams of coming home were buried right along with them. "When you come to Memorial Day, don't think about numbers," Edwards said. "Think about men who laid down not only their life but their dreams."

Red, white and blue balloons with personal messages written on them were released at the close of the service. They were a reminder that remembrances like this should be personally written on everyone's heart.

"I'm thankful that we have gatherings just like this all over the country today," said Reverend Ray Amos. "It says once again we will not forget."

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