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WICHITA, Kansas– Memorial Day is a special time to remember our heroes as we honor the lives of the fallen servicemen and women.
Dozens of services were held across Wichita, including one of the larger turnouts at Resthaven Cemetery.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Resthaven Cemetery Monday afternoon to honor the men and women who died fighting for our freedom.
There are hundreds of flags here and each flag represents the servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
In the sea of people at Resthaven Cemetery Monday afternoon is where we found specialist Jason Heilman.
“I’m proud that so many has gone before me and stepped up and said they would defend our nation to the best of their abilities,” said Jason Heilman.
Heilman is just one of many paying their respects to the fallen servicemen and women this Memorial Day.
They’re remembering those who have risked their lives securing peace while fighting for our freedom.
“Almost chokes me up to be out here and to see everybody,” said Richard Mason, veteran.
“These folks could have lived perfectly normal long lives, but instead they lived under fire whether it’s explosion closed by or pressure on them,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo. “But they chose not too. They chose to pursue a different career path.”
But it’s a path that brings respect and admiration for Heilman.
“I serve because I feel like it’s my duty and I always felt a calling into the military,” said Heilman.
A calling that many comrades before and after Heilman knew was worth the risk.
“I hope I can give in return what the country has given to me,” said Heilman.