Families honor their loved ones at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on Memorial Day

Veterans, their families spend day honoring those who served our country

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – There was a pretty good turnout at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on Monday afternoon for a Memorial Day ceremony. Veterans and their families spent the day honoring those who served our country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The message was simple: a day to honor and remember.

Betty Carter was one of hundreds of families who placed flowers at her loved ones' gravesites.

"This is my husband and my brother's gravesite; they allowed it side by side," said Carter.

Some people just sat and prayed by their loved one's gravesite.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson shared his thoughts on Memorial Day, once again stressing to all to never forget what veterans and their families have sacrificed.

"Those who have fought and died for us so we might have enjoyed the freedoms that we have every day and some days take for granted,” said Nelson.

For many veterans, it's been years since the wars they fought it in, but those memories are alive and well.

"Does it bring back tough memories?" asked News 6 Reporter Eryka Washington.

"Every day. Every day," said veteran Harold Baybine. 

"Something you don't forget?" asked Washington.

"No, you don't forget. Never," said Baybine.

More than 800 veterans and their families have been laid to rest in the cemetery, and more than 163,000 veterans will be buried there as well.

News 6 spoke to family members who said they are happy the location is here so they don't have to drive hours to pay respects for their loved ones.