Dozens of Mid-Michigan cities held their celebrations on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.
Saginaw held its annual parade through downtown. And after the parade wrapped-up visitors were asked to move to Hoyt Park for a special ceremony to honor the fallen veterans.
"It means a lot. It lets us know that people appreciate what we did," said Saginaw resident Walter Canty. He spent 30 years in the military serving in the Army.
That was in 1962. On Monday, Canty, along with hundreds of others, came together for a moving ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Plaza at Hoyt Park to honor those like Canty, who served their country.
"It will always be a sense of camaraderie, brotherhood and gratitude for each other," Canty said.
A sentiment shared by fellow veteran, Karmen Kinsey, who said attending events like the one on Monday always moves her.
"They are always emotional, every one of them, especially today. We are out and about remembering everybody, including myself, who served proudly," she said.
Kinsey said she is grateful for the impact serving has had on her life.
"I thank the military for who I am today. I am disciplined person, dedicated. The military shaped me into the person I am today," she said.
Sgt. Robert Likam served as grand marshall for the Memorial Day parade prior to the ceremony. He is a World War II veteran and was held captive for some time by German soldiers during the war. He made it back home to Saginaw, but Likam said he is remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"A lot of them gave a lot more than I did, the white crosses, their the ones that gave it all," Likam said.
Canty spent most of life serving his country and said he wouldn't change a thing.
"I'm grateful to this country and I did my part," Canty said. "It was an honor to serve and it still is."
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