Locals gathered outside the Government Services Building in Bunnell on Monday, May 28, for Flagler County's annual Memorial Day ceremony.
The guest speaker was American Legion State Cmdr. Steve Shuga, who retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1995 after 20 years of service.
"This is not a day that we party," Shuga said. "This is not a day we wish 'Happy Memorial Day.'"
He added that Memorial Day is to remember and honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military, as well as the families who are living with those losses.
"All you have to do is look around, and you will see their legacy," Shuga said. "We are their legacy."
Cmdr. of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Jack Howell presented the county with a plaque recognizing it as a Purple Heart County.
The Memorial Day event is sponsored by the Flagler County Commission and the Flagler County Veterans Advisory Council. Veterans groups who participated include: American Legion Post 115, Amvets Post 113, DAV Chapter 86, Marine Corps League 876, Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Flagler County Veterans Service Office, VFW Post 8696 and the Knights of Columbus 2264 Color Corps.