KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Monday, hundreds of veterans paid tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.
The theme of the ceremony revolved around three words: resolve, respect and remember. Veterans said those are words to live by this Memorial Day as we honor those who fought for our country.
It's the biggest Memorial Day service in Kansas City, and perhaps the most touching.
Four Kansas City area mothers received gold stars. Each lost a son in war. The United States Marine Corps made a presentation of colors as the Boy Scouts led the pledge of allegiance.
Monday's ceremony was the largest yet as the museum staff marked the centennial anniversary for World War I.
Many people at the ceremony said they came to honor the men and women who selflessly fought for our freedoms and as a reminder to all to never forget those brave warriors.
Albert Waisanen, a Korean War veteran, said it brings tears to his eyes to be a part of the moving ceremony, "honoring all those fallen men and women, it means a lot to me. It really touches me."
Larry Isaac, an attendee from Overland Park agreed, "I always tell my kids it's not just about the boating and the BBQs, it's about the sacrifice and honoring those who fought for all of us."
The museum has events planned all summer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI at Liberty Memorial.