"Today we honor all those who chose to be something greater than themselves. Keep them in your thoughts, as well as all our military men and women who are out there today, protecting our freedom."
With these words, U.S. Navy veteran Ed Yarbrough of the Oasis Veterans Club in Menifee helped those in a crowd of Menifee residents -- including veterans -- observe Memorial Day in a ceremony at the Menifee Veterans Memorial Monday afternoon.
"We are here to pay tribute to those who gave up their lifestyles, their families and potentially their lives so every American could do and have what they wanted to do and have," Yarbrough said. "We must always remembers that the freedoms we enjoy came at a very high price."
At the end of the ceremony, many people left tiny American flags on or alongside the Veterans Memorial, located near the corner of La Piedra Road and Menifee Road.