The United States has a strong military that's rich in history. With Veterans day on Sunday, those who wear or have worn the uniform will be honored. Over the years, America has lost more than one million brave men and women on the battlefield.
Friday, in cities across the nation, the names of each one of those lost was read, putting an identity to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Here in the Panhandle, the newly dedicated Gulf Coast Military Park was the site for this special ceremony. The campus was one of only two places in Florida where the ceremony was being performed. Simultaneously, at 9 o'clock Friday morning, 600 groups across the country were each set to read the names of nearly 18 hundred servicemen and women who lost their lives on the battlefield.
This is the first year for the 'Reading of the Fallen,' organized by The Fight Continues, a national organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifices made by military families. One by one, veterans, school staff and others made their way to the podium. Each volunteer read 200 names each. With veterans day approaching, participants say it's important to remember not only the ones that are still with us, but also the ones we lost.
"The purpose of reading the names is just to honor our veterans, but to also make sure that the community understands and doesn't forget that there are folks that have paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Pamela Hiller with GCSC Veterans Affairs.
"I would like people to keep that in mind at all times," said retired Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Geltz. "No matter what you're doing in your life, somebody has given their life for you to be doing what you're doing right now."
All the names read Friday at the military park were of servicemen that fell during World War 2 .