This is the reality South Range VFW member Jim Pintar says we need to be aware of every day, but especially on Memorial Day.
"I think they have to remember on Memorial Day... what we have here. We have about 1600 burials here and there's over 400 veterans. That's 25 percent of them went forth and defended their country. Some of them didn't come back." said Pintar.
Monday's Memorial Day service at the South Range Mountain View Cemetary adhered to tradition, but it also had something extra.
26 flagpoles were officially dedicated to local heroes, including Silver Star recipients and those killed in action. The flagpoles were installed last year and many of them were funded by the families of the fallen.
"The flagpole signifies our thanks to not only our family's veterans but all the veterans in the area that have served. If you look across the cemetary, you can see a number of flags on all the graves here. There are quite a few members that have served in all of our wars." said flagpole donor Susan Uren.
Each flagpole was blessed in turn by a Catholic priest.
And to conclude the ceremony, an American flag was raised to full staff on each of the new poles in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so others didn't have to.