Communities in the east joined others across the nation Monday in honoring those who have served our country and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Sacrifice was remembered Monday as service members, veterans, their families, and others who celebrate freedom met at the Greenville Town Common to pay tribute.
"I was on Normandy Beach. I was in four major battles, and i made it back home," said Army WW II Veteran Robert Cherry.
Others did not make it home, and on this Memorial Day, from Greenville to Washington in Beaufort county, and all across the east Their memory was not forgotten.
"These men and women were selfless. They died for us to defend our freedom," said disabled veteran James Kladis.
President of the Pitt County Veterans Council James Kladis knows all about sacrifice. He was injured in the Marine Corps. He's asking all of us to remember those who serve, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we all can live free.
"Take a moment, stop, and think about the men and women who died for those rights. Those rights weren't given to you. They were earned by the sweat and blood of the men and women that died," said Kladis.
"It's important, less we forget. Be thankful that we live in a place where we can be thankful," said Army Chaplain and Korean War Veteran Lyn Barnes.