NEWBURGH, N.Y.-- In honor of Memorial Day, the City of Newburgh hosted a parade and wreath laying ceremony to remember fallen service members.
"Memorial Day is a day you remember those who never came home, those who never marched in the parade, those who lost their lives far from home," said Christian Farrell, Orange County Veterans Services Agency Director.
With a long weekend comes picnics and backyard barbecues. But for veterans like Christian Farrell and so many like him, the meaning of this weekend runs much deeper.
"Those that went away and never came home those are the folks that we really spend this day about. ," said Frank Fisher, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 537 President. "All we can do is honor them and remember them."
Hundreds lined the streets of Newburgh watching the parade, honoring the fallen service members who bravely fought for our country.
"We look back and remember those folks we served with and served for our entire nation and we are forever grateful for what they've done," said Farrell.
Dozens of organizations marched in the parade including U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, Veterans and Newburgh Free Academy Marching Band.
"Memorial Day means to honor the people who served our country," said Simone Maldonado, a Newburgh resident.
Gathering at George Washington's Headquarters for a wreath laying ceremony. Veterans honored the memory of service members that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
"Their sacrifices should never be forgotten by the American public and certainly not forgotten by their battle buddies," said Farrell.
"We can never repay that debt so we'll continue to do it for as long as we possibly can hand it over to the next generation," said Fisher.