DENVER -- Services were held on Memorial Day at Fort Logan National Cemetery as the true meaning of the holiday hit home.
More than 120,000 grave markers surrounded services to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation," said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora.
Keith Hoover fought in two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"They're giving us more recognition," he said.
He came to visit his friend, Navy SEAL Danny Dietz, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.
"I'm not the person I was before I went in," Hoover said.
Perfect rows of headstones contrast the calamities of war. And the price each here paid.
"Make that sacrifice if it comes to that and all the ones here ... have done that," veteran Les Hawker said.
"I want my kids to realize the freedom they have is not free and we honor the lives of those that have sacrificed," said Katie Pendleton, who was there to honor her veteran grandfather.
Lives that have been laid to protect that freedom.
"Those we have lost in that pursuit for a better tomorrow for future generations," Gov. John Hickenlooper said.
The cemetery sits on the site of the original Fort Logan established in 1887.