CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) It's usually celebrated with a lot of fanfare, cookouts and even a little partying, but Memorial Day Weekend is really a time for us to remember the soldiers who lost their lives protecting us so that we can have the freedoms that we have today.
Guilia Selimagic is very thankful for what veterans have given us.
"Memorial Day for me is a time to think about all the men and women who have served for our county to let us have what we have,” said Selimgic.
This day is a grave reminder that nothing comes for free. The costs for our freedom are the lives of many brave men and women. Something this Selimagic wanted to teach her children at a young age.
"I was trying to tell my kids that today in the car that today is a day to think about what we have,” she added.
But for someone like Jeff Shrader the day has a different feel to it.
"For me it also touches personally for my father who served in the Korean War,” said Shrader
He wasn't a casualty in war, he was able to serve and come back home to his family, but his service still doesn't go unnoticed.
"My father unfortunately passed away recently but is buried in a national soldiers graveyard,” Shrader. “Hopefully we'll be able to stop back by on our way home on Monday to visit my father and the rest of the veterans in that graveyard.”
Jeff knows he was lucky to have his father back and wants to pay his respects to all the veterans who were not able to make it back to the home they were trying to protect.