Published: May 27, 2013 4:56 PM EDT
Updated: May 27, 2013 5:05 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Southwest Florida's largest city took pause to remember America's war heroes. Hundreds of people gathered in Cape Coral for a Memorial Day ceremony. 

At Coral Ridge Cemetery, hundreds of American flags mark the gravestones of our heroes.  The buzzing of a chopper signaled the start of the Monday's Memorial Day ceremony, a time of reflection and remembrance. 

"Brings back the days when I was in the service," said one veteran. "Lets myself and all my friends know what a wonderful country we live in," said another. 

Veterans and their familys took a moment to pay tribute as Ol' Glory waved in the wind. Robert Frasca remembers his friends who died to preserve freedom. 

"It's a sad thing, really to lose all these men, especially when I knew them very well," he said. They all went through a bad time, very bad time. I know I did. I dodged a lot of bullets and I'm lucky none of them hit me."

"It's an important day for many veterans, it's an important day for many families to reflect on the services of family members," said Ralph Santillo, president of the Invest In America's Veteran's Foundation. 

"They sacrificed and made a commitment to something much much bigger than themselves and for that, gift, we're forever grateful," said Major Vincent Cummings.

After the ceremony veterans, were invited in for drinks and snacks, and to talk about old times.