COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - On Memorial Day we remember the men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country. That includes the more than 1,600 fallen heroes who are buried at Hodges Funeral Home in North Naples, where hundreds attended a Memorial Day Ceremony.
Governor Rick Scott, a veteran himself, took part in the ceremony to honor fallen service members, including a soldier from Immokalee. Sargent Linda Pierre died last month in the line of duty.
The Phelps siblings tell WINK News the ceremony had them thinking of their own relatives who are currently serving.
"I thought it was great because I have a bunch of cousins that are in the military," Naples teen Bob Phelps says.
His sister Kate adding, "I just keep praying for their safety, we pray for them every night."
It's been decades since veteran Staff Sargent John Skiles has fought in a war, but the memories of those he knew stay with him to this day.
"I've lost some good friends in the Vietnam War. I sometimes wonder why they got killed and I didn't. You never forget, you never forget war," Skiles says.
For the ceremony, 100 ROTC cadets placed flags and medallions at 1,600 gravesites of soldiers, filling the lawn.
"It's very important for them that they know we do appreciate them," Doris Kidder comments. Her husband, Emerson, a Navy veteran says he still gets a thank you from people every now and again for his service. It's a simple gesture that he explains goes a long way with soldiers.