Liberty, Illinois was one of many towns in the Tri-states to celebrate Memorial Day.
Alan "Buzzy" McLaughlin has been participating in Liberty's Memorial Day service for about 38 years.
The Marine Corps veteran says we must never forget the sacrifices made on our behalf.
"There's a price you pay for to have freedom and enjoy life as we enjoy it in the states, to say what we want, do what we want, when we want," Alan "Buzzy" McLaughlin, organizer of the Liberty Memorial service, said.
So that's why every year McLaughlin and his wife Shirley, organize their town's event.
"We ask that we all remember, and we're so fortunate to have the memorial that was planned for us and placed here in our little home town for people to remember," Shirley McLaughlin, co-organizer of the Liberty Memorial service, said.
Shirley is referring to the veteran memorial outside of Liberty High School.
A local high school student was the catalyst for the memorial being built.
"I've got a lot of family that was in the service so it was kind of something nice to do not just for them for everyone that's how the idea came up really," Jason Newell, a Liberty High School senior, said.
The memorial took four months to build. The black granite was imported from India and took about $5,000 to make.
The memorial is a reminder that all that we have did not come easy.
"There's a reason why we are doing this, to honor the flag and those who have gone on before us, they paid the ultimate price," Alan Buzzy McLaughlin said.
McLaughin says it's a debt we can never fully repay, but we can start by paying our respect.