PHOENIX -- Every year there's a big Memorial Day ceremony held at the National Memorial Cemetery in Arizona and every year it gets bigger and bigger.
This year, hundreds of people gathered to honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
On hand during this year’s ceremony were Gov. Jan Brewer, Sen. John McCain and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who was the master of ceremonies.
The message that everybody wanted to get out to people was that Memorial Day is more than just time off and a time to BBQ.
"It's about our fallen and to remember how they served and how their families sacrificed as well," said Lynn Wesp, whose husband fought in two different wars.
Pam Hellestrae brings her kids out here every year, "Every year we come out here, it's important they come out and learn what the day is really about."
In fact, Pam's kids have been coming out to this memorial ceremony for several years.
"I just appreciate what people do for our country and I'd like to say thanks to them," said Pam’s oldest daughter Kiersten.
"I just think that it's people who gave their lives for us, you know," said Pam’s other daughter Lauren.
After the ceremony a lot of people go to the grave sites to clean them off and talk about the veteran who died. Next to each one, was an American flag that will stay there until Tuesday morning.