Before heading off to family barbecues this Memorial Day, many Zanesville residents set aside time to take part in services recognizing our nation's veterans.
Zanesville Memorial Park welcomed over 300 people Monday morning for their annual Memorial Day service which featured a speech from Mayor Jeff Tilton and patriotic performances by the West Muskingum High School Band. United States Navy Veteran Jim Moorehead offered the prayer and said it is important that we remember the true meaning of the holiday.
"Memorial Day is a time we stop and remember all the sacrifices that's been made by all the men and women," Moorehead said. "When you walk through this cemetery, so many flags are there. It's like in the Bible when Moses said, 'Take off your shoes. You're walking on hallowed ground.' That's the way I feel when I walk amidst these flags."
While the calendar only lists Memorial Day once per year, Moorehead said celebrating our veterans is a part of his daily life.
"Seventy years ago today, this very day, my brother just older than me gave his life during World War II. So I've been celebrating Memorial Day every day since, not just on Memorial Day."
Today's service included a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps before concluding with a balloon release. Each balloon represented a fallen hero from the Zanesville Area.