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Memorial Day service pays tribute to military heroes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Across Kentucky and Indiana, people gathered on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who died in service to America.

One of the largest observances took place at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, where there was a stark reminder of the cost of freedom.

"This is a solemn day. We are not here to glorify. We are here to pay tribute," said Navy veteran Margaret Plattner, who is also Deputy Commissioner of Kentucky's Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Hundreds gathered amidst thousands of plain, white markers to salute the men and women who loved their country more than their lives.

In the crowd, Air Force veteran Todd Malone and his family; here to make sure the story of sacrifice is passed on .

"Sometimes we start to take it for granted," said Malone. "And all I'm going to do is my part to remember and encourage my friends to do the same thing."

To remember those such as Sgt. John Squires.

His is one of two military markers at the cemetery embossed in gold - the highest honor.

"He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his acts of bravery in Italy, and then he died one month later," Plattner told WDRB News.

Plattner made it a point to seek out Squires resting place. He died at age 19.

"Sacrifice can be very, very difficult," she said. "Sometimes I think we live in a society where we expect things to be easy."

97-year-old L.C. Power learned first hand that it's rarely easy.

"You don't ever forget it. It's with you all the time," said Power.

He won three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in World War II, but he also lost many friends.

"I was 28 when I was in the service, and all these young boys kind of took me like their dad," he said through tears,

But Power can take comfort that Memorial Day means the stories of sacrifice will not fade with time.

"I realize how significant it is now that they served our country. They've laid down their lives," said 17-year-old Conor Malone. "I realize that the wind is not what blows the flag, but's the last breath of every soldier."

At Zachary Taylor, there thousands of graves, thousands of individuals stories, that combine to tell the story of America.

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