MEDICAL LAKE, Wash.—Military members and their families gathered on Monday at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake to pay their respects to those who died while serving the United States of America.
One Washington State Marine shared his personal experience and told others about what Memorial Day meant to him.
"My message is about the guys that are buried in the ground, memorialized here,” said United States Marine Corps Sergeant Josh Elliot.
Sergeant Elliot served in the military for ten years and was stationed in the Middle East. Elliot lost part of his legs during a battle while in Iraq. He said the experience on the battlefield that day showed him what it meant to serve.
"The kind of topic that I want to talk about is brotherhood. Brotherhood in and amongst the services and in and amongst one another,” said Sergeant Elliot.
Sergeant Elliot said all military members were part of a family regardless of what branch they served for.
"I have friends buried in this cemetery, and I have friends buried in other cemeteries around the United States. And today is a day that I remember them and I remember what we did and what we did together,” said Sergeant Elliot.
Sergeant Elliot also stressed the important of not forgetting the injured, especially those with traumatic brain injuries.