Monday also marked the groundbreaking for a new veterans flag park that will honor all of the armed services.
The Sumter County Veterans Association has been pushing for a new veterans flag park for years.
They want this park to be a place where families can come and remember those whose lives were lost, and also expect this park to be a staple to Sumter County.
The park will feature two new entrances, an 8-foot walkway around the area, as well as more parking.
James McCain, Sumter County Council Chairman said: “One of the big features of that park is going to be a P51 fighter from WWII that was actually flown by the famous Tuskegee Airmen.”
Nancy Jordan, who lives in Sumter County said Memorial Day means a lot to her because “all of my family pretty much have served. My father is a World War II veteran, my husband is an Iraqi Freedom veteran and I have three out of four children that have served during Afghanistan.”
Jordan adds that this new park will be a “great way to remember those that have fallen and have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Officials say the park is expected to open by the end of the year.