CREATED May. 27, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 27, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- The red, white and blue fly as a reminder of service and sacrifice.
"It's in remembrance of the men and women that fought for us and gave us the opportunity to be free," said Lori Carpenter, Naples resident.
Hundreds gathered at the Naples Memorial Gardens. Each person coming to the Naples Memorial Day Ceremony for their own special reason.
"My dad was a veteran and he's buried right over there, World War II," said Bob Sponseller.
For Suzanne Bellows, she attends every year because her father, uncle and son all served.
"I didn't have anyone that died during the war, but my family all served in the Armed Forces and I'm very proud to say that," said Bellows.
1,600 flags decorate the graves of the men and women who died for our freedom. More than 100 volunteers including our local boy scouts placed them there this past weekend.
"Remembering our veterans, our fallen soldiers and continue the legacy and scouts will grow up knowing the value of that," said Barry Wilkinson, Scout Committee Leader.
For one Naples family, the pain of losing their loved one is still fresh. Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, 31, died this past March after a Black Hawk helicopter crash went down in Afghanistan.
He was awarded with a posthumous Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal.
During Monday's ceremony, his sister accepted a folded flag in honor of her brother. The ceremony also included the presentation of memorial wreath.
On this last Monday in May, we remember the bravery of those who wore the uniform and made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Each of the fallen have left behind loved ones and Americans all are inspired by the strength of these families," said Captain James Elson, U.S. Army(Ret.) and President of Collier County Veterans Council.