OKLAHOMA CITY -- Memorial Day is a chance to remember those who gave their lives for our country.
Monday morning hundreds gathered at the 45th Infantry Division Museum for a ceremony to honor those men and women.
Major General Myles Deering said, "This isn't a holiday for going to the lake and opening up summer, this is a holiday to honor those who have paid with their lives the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today."
From the massing of the colors, to the music and a moment to honor the fallen.
Colonel Joel Ward said, "On this day we remember those who returned home in a casket draped with the most honored declaration of all, the American flag."
Dillon Potter said, "It just hurts everyday without him. We were really close."
Dillon's brother, Tony, gave the ultimate sacrifice last year overseas.
Dillon said, "He was like my best friend and I miss him a whole lot."
The names of 19 soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice since September 11, 2001, were read.
Veterans from every war dating back to World War II were there hoping Americans will use this day to remember the sacrifice so many have made for our freedom.
Deering said, "It is vitally important that all Americans know that freedom has never been free and never will be."
Before this Memorial Day comes to a close, do something they recommended at Monday's ceremony.
If you have served, are serving or have a family member that has served, take a moment to share their story with those you know.