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Abilenians say 'thank you' to troops on Memorial Day

Published On: May 27 2013 09:36:54 PM CDT   Updated On: May 28 2013 09:33:07 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Memorial Day is about remembering sacrifices and enjoying the present freedom because of those sacrifices.

Monday's holiday was beautiful, hot day in the Big Country. Families were out at the Abilene State Park enjoying one another. Mostly, they were remembering the United State's brave military members who fight for our freedom.

"I also reflect on the ones that are currently serving and also the ones that have just graduated from high school who are going into the army," Ronald Eddington said.

"They're getting the perspective of what family is and what it means to serve their country."

"It's not mostly just getting out as a holiday. It's getting out to celebrate because of them. That's why we are here," Patrick Martinez said.

A few steps away, another family was enjoying a similar day. Deborah Stoner's father fought in the Korean War. She said her heart goes out to our military.

"I think of them," Stoner said. "It's hard to be away from their families."

They sent this message to our troops:

"I just want to say thank you to all the armed forces out there for what they do, for our freedom," Eddington said. "They put their life on the line everyday and they have some tough choices and I'm just praying that God continues to have his hand of protection upon them."

"It's not only a day to get the family together and come our here and have a bar-b-que," Martinez said "You can have fun and all that but don't forget them."

"Have faith and be strong and we really appreciate what you're doing," Stoner said. "It's not forgotten."