MAYS LANDING -- People throughout the country will be celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, and throughout the weekend. Here in Atlantic County, the support for our veterans is no different.
It was a grand entrance at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery as the Color Guard proudly saluted the men and women who served our county to defend the red white and blue.
"It's in my blood, patriotism runs deep, and always will, said Marines veteran, Isaac Rucker.
Isaac is the third of four generations to become a war veteran. And he said that he is used to seeing the colors of America flying high, but when he saw the thousands of flags placed over the graves of the fallen, he couldn't help but be filled with sadness.
"When I saw those flags flying I said look how beautiful that is, and then you stop to think about what's underneath those flags, said Rucker.
"And so on Monday, May 28th Americans across our great nation will pause throughout the day to observe memorial day, a uniquely American day, said Keynote speaker, General Bill Matz.
City officials and veterans became one as they spoke kind words of those they once knew.
"We remember those who serve their county and although it is a day of remembrance I believe it is also a day of celebration of our freedom, said 2nd District Assemblyman, Chris Brown.
The ceremony started to come to an end but not before remembering veterans advocate April Kauffman who was killed just weeks before and those who knew her say she will be remembered and never forgotten.
And although she never wore the uniform she worked courageously and tirelessly for those who did, and although she is not sitting with us today, believe me she is here with her veterans, said Matz.
With the final wreath laying, and raising of the flag to half-staff, the ceremony came to a close with only one thing left on everyone's mind.
"Thank you, god bless our veterans, and god bless America."