On this Memorial Day, our nation remembers the men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country.
Around the world, Americans paused to remember those who gave it all for their country. This morning at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, a solemn ceremony marked what is a bittersweet day for many families.
Fighting back tears, Nikita Doolen placed flowers at her father's grave. "He was quite an amazing man and I love my dad," she said.
Doolen and her mother are at the cemetery monthly, but rarely with so much company.
"Usually it's not that bad because we go at least once a month, but something like today where you honor his service -- he was in the Air Force for 20 years -- it gets quite emotional, Doolen said.
Monday's ceremony was held among more than 1,500 headstones at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
"It's a good feeling to come out here on a Monday at 9 o'clock on a day when people could easily sleep in, but they came out and spent it with us, just to say thanks," Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts said. "It's a great feeling."
Roberts says he's learning just how patriotic South Carolinians can be and the sacrifice many of them know well.
"I think the war has touched everybody, we've lost friends, brothers and sisters and I've lost my own soldiers, who I saw as my kids," Roberts said. "I think about them every day, but today, I pause."
Other ceremonies were held around the Midlands to commemorate the nation's fallen soldiers.