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CHICO, Calif. - Speeches and music brought people together in Gridley on this Memorial Day.
This year's ceremony featured speakers like a purple heart recipient and a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Miss Butte County and 1st runner up for Miss Butte County.
Some people fought back tears when sharing what it meant to them to be able to partake in today's event.
"I wanted to be a part of the group and a part of honoring these people,” said Gridley resident Lynn Cardwell. “They are so magnificent, the things that they do, so I feel safe and happy."
"I think it is nice that we can come out here and do this and not worry too much about COVID and come out here and show our support and pay our respect,” said Gridley resident Jessica Pippitt.
Air force jets also flew over the memorial and CAL FIRE raised one of its ladders, waving a flag at the very top.
Chico also commemorated all who died serving our country Monday.
Car after car passed through the area Monday morning at the Glen Oaks Memorial Park to honor our nation's veterans.
Instead of a traditional gathering, the Glen Oaks Memorial Park held a drive-through parade.
People were asked to decorate their cars to pay respect to the men and women who served our country.
One family said they were thankful to see the community they live in honor their family members who lost their lives fighting for our country.
"it's really amazing,” said Chico resident Jim Lamb. “Chico is a great place it is just so neat that people can put this all together. I mean there is a flag on almost every grave and it is just amazing that we have that many people in Chico that have sacrificed for our country."
The Glen Oaks Memorial Park said it had about 10 cars that arrived at 10 a.m. Monday morning and had a couple of cars come through the area until 2 p.m.
In December 2000, the president signed into law "the national moment of remembrance act" to ensure those who sacrificed their lives for the country were not forgotten.