Memorial Day 2014: "He's not here but I'm glad that his memory is here."

, Posted: Mon, May 26 2014 at 3:33 PM, Updated: Mon, May 26 2014 at 8:43 PM

Eagle Point, Ore. -- Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn at the Eagle Point Veteran's Cemetery to honor both those who served in the United States military and those who have died defending American freedoms.

For one Oregon woman, it's a time she won't soon forget. Kim Healy visited the glimmering marble headstone of her father who served in the US Navy during the Korean war.

It was the first Memorial day without her father since his passing in June of 2013.

"He's not here but i'm glad that his memory is here. That there's some placeĀ  to honor him at." Healy said of her father.

Like thousands of others, the servicemen and women honored at the National Cemetery are heroes. Remembered by the fresh cut flowers and flags marking their personalized headstones.

"My son's 28 and there are kids buried here that are younger than that. It's admirable because they're lives were so short."

Across the lanscape, Healy joined families of other fallen veterans and soldiers. Taking a moment of silence as a tribute to their sacrifices.

Healy describes the impact of her visit to the cemetery. "It's humbling really, (crying) to see the flags and people that have given their lives so that we could be free."

It's a testement of respect and love that can bee seen throughout the landscape which bears some sixteen-thousand marble markers. Even where flower bouquets are missing, an American flag holds it's place to show that no military veteran or soldier is forgotten. For Healy, she's glad that such a place exists.

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