HARLINGEN, Texas — On Monday, people across the valley came together to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The VFW 2410 held a memorial ceremony honoring those who died.
“I feel pretty sad about the good guys that we lost,” said army veteran Carlos Tamayo III.
For veterans like Carlos Tamayo III and Brian Repassy, Memorial Day is a day to think back on their time with fellow fighters.
“We will actually remember them and what happen to them,” he said.
Both Tamayo and Repassy served time overseas in the army.
Tamayo said this day is more than a day off work.
For him, it’s a somber time for reflection.
“The guy who directly worked for me, I immediately signed up to go to Iraq. Why? I got to see my son, he left a pregnant wife he’ll never see his son. He never got to see him. So, I felt kind of shame that I made it home,” he said.
The VFW in Harlingen has been closed for months because of COVID-19.
Today’s memorial is extra special.
There’s a saying Repassy lives by to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We should not mourn the men who gave their lives. Instead, we should celebrate good men that stood actually,” said Repassy.
While we remember those who died, the VFW 2410 are planning celebrations honor veterans who are still here later in the year.