Sioux Falls, SD
Very few know what it means to be a veteran.
"Less than one percent of America serves," Terry "Hawk" Meyer says.
Which makes it even more difficult when one is lost. Terry "Hawk" Meyer serves as the emcee for the Memorial Day Service. The Air Force Veteran says the meaning behind today's holiday is simple.
"Memorial Day is a solemn day. It's a day of reflection and remembrance of those who paid that supreme sacrifice that we're able to have this ceremony today in America, the greatest country in the world," Meyer says.
Izaac Lucht of Jackson Minnesota was paying tribute to veterans today with his girlfriend. He will soon be going cross-country to fulfill a life-long goal, to become a Marine.
"I've always wanted to serve my country since I was a little kid and nothing against the other branches but when I did my research I liked what the Marines had to offer," Izaac Lucht said.
Lucht says Memorial Day means a lot to him, because numerous family members have served.
"Every day we should be thanking these men and women that are willing to do things that very few are willing too," Lucht said.
Meyer says that no matter the age or the branch of the military, veterans will always have a special connection.
"We have a bond even with the older guys," Meyer said.
Since Lucht made the decision to become the first Marine in his family, his connection to his family has gotten even closer.
"I get tease a lot from my Grandpa because he was in the Navy and he said back in the day when he trained over in San Diego he did and his buddies would stand along a chain-link fence and what the Marines run around in the sand. They'd sink down to their knees into with telephone poles on their shoulders and they would just laugh," Lucht said.
The veteran and the soon-to-be Marine both say that Memorial Day is something they live by every day, to remember those that do so much for the country.