JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-A large crowd gathered at the Craighead County Veterans Monument Monday morning to pay respect to the servicemen and women who fought and died for our country.
"It's a day of remembrance; we sort of take things for granted but everyone has lost someone but this is a special occasion," said Sidney Mize with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1991.
And to honor those fallen veterans, the flag at the Craighead County Courthouse was lowered to half-staff followed by the playing of taps.
"Their families, they need to be remembered also, we just need to remember that's the key thing remember what's going on," Mize said.
He said most people have forgotten the true meaning of this holiday.
"I really wish that they would just take a moment if nothing else just take a moment," Mize told Region 8 News. "We want everybody to remember, just take a minute."
Take a minute and honor a local veteran but putting their name on a brick at the veterans monument.
"In memory of fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers going back to the civil war," said Bob Schoenborn, treasurer of the Craighead County Monument Foundation.
The monument was built in 2002, and now there are over 5,000 bricks in inscribed. And since November, 14 bricks have been laid at the courthouse.
"Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who have passed away and those who have served in our nation's defense," Schoenborn said.
To purchase a brick for the veterans monument you must have a relationship with someone in Craighead County who served in the military.