May 31, 2010 6:08 PM by Matt Stafford
The price of freedom is costly.
"We have freedom because of today," says Paul Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran, referencing the lives lost in service of the United States.
Monday morning at Memorial Park groups met honoring the fallen, including a group with a new memorial. The Special Forces Association is experiencing their first Memorial Day with a new monument in the park, but the day is honored the same.
"Whether we had our own stone or we decided to rally around a tree, it would be just as important," explains Don Bennett, president of local branch #424.
Luckily for the outside crowd, they couldn't have asked for a better forecast.
However, several other groups with the Pikes Peak Veterans Council planning ahead took comfort in knowing weather wouldn't be a factor. They started holding the ceremony indoors a couple years ago, but the new location doesn't take away any reverence from the day.
"It's really special for me to come out here and pay my respects for what they've done and what they've sacrificed for," says Jim Marr, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
"Whatever time they give, whether it's a short term or a life, a life time, it has a meaning, and I think the biggest meaning is freedom." Johnson says. That doesn't seem to be lost on people at either ceremony this Memorial Day.