Sorrowful tribute Monday payed respect to those who have served, are serving, and have died fighting for our freedom. The production A Grateful Nation Remembers truly captures the purpose of Memorial Day. " Some of these people have sacrificed so much, wounded warriors come home and we certainly want to embrace them and tell them that we appreciate what they've done for us", said Rick Tuttle from the Calvary Christian Center in Yuba City.
The production is one of the largest Memorial Day events on the west coast. More than five-thousand attend each year to watch powerful reenactments, see a full scale replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and see names of loved ones lost. For Vietnam Veteran Dave Roever, the ceremony helps him heal. " For someone to say thank you, it takes a little bit of the pain away", said Roever.
For many of these veterans, a simple thank you can mean so much. " It just brightens my heart to feel thanked", said Veteran Joseph Workman. Roever added, " I don't seek out to be honored, I don't seek out to be thanked, but when that comes, it says somebody appreciated something that cost a lot."
The production is in its 20th year, and it takes more than 200 volunteers to pitch in to pull it off. All to send a message they hope will not be forgotten. " Thanks, you know, what more can you say, thank you", said Workman.