U.S. veterans from The Bronx attend Memorial Day tribute in Co-op City

(05/30/04) CO-OP CITY - Bronx men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting in the United States armed forces to keep their country safe were honored on Sunday. A special tribute was held in their memory in Co-op City.

Wreaths were placed on The Bronx Veterans Memorial in Co-op City. When the national anthem was played, several U.S. veterans from the Bronx saluted the American flag and stood at attention, remembering war buddies who did not come home.

The oldest veteran from the Bronx at the ceremony paying respects to her fellow soldiers was 101-year-old Gladys Brown. Currently, U.S. veterans from the War on Terror also paid tribute to the fallen heroes from their war and the wars past.

The veterans at the ceremony say they want to remind people that Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend marking the beginning of summer. It is a time when all Americans should remember the ones who gave their lives for freedom.

Memorial Day is officially observed on Monday. Originally called Decoration Day, the U.S. holiday was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers.

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