The men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country were remembered Monday during events at the World War I museum at Liberty Memorial.
2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the Great War.
Air Force veteran Don Beets, 87, said forgetting the horror of war isn't something he can do as much as he might want to. He served his country in both World War II and the Korean War.
"I guess I have survivor's guilt in a way," Beets said.
He said veterans can still have emotional issues long after their service days are over with.
"Mental health is so hard to deal with. A wound sometimes heals but mental health is always there," he said.
Debbie Murchison thought of Memorial Day as a day for barbecues and a chance to enjoy the unofficial start to summer. Then in 2007, her son, Specialist Matthew Murchison, was killed in action in Baghdad.
The holiday now is about doing things that remember "our son," she said. She hopes that others will
"I want them to know it's OK to have the BBQs and enjoy the first day of summer, but take just a tad bit of time to remember there are people that have died so they can do that," Murchison said.
Beets remember seeing a message in a church in England that honored fallen soldiers. He said it is a sentiment that still rings true, "In the evening and in the morning, we must remember."
The federal government has already designated Liberty Memorial as the nation's World War I museum. The hope is later this year it will be named the nation's WW1 monument and memorial.
KCTV5's Emily Rittman contributed to this report.
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