Veterans host memorial

Flowers and wreaths adorn the veteran memorial during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas, May 29, 2017. The ceremony paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in all branches of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

Flowers and wreaths adorn the veteran memorial during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas, May 29, 2017. The ceremony paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in all branches of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

Members of the All Veterans Council fold the American flag during the Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse, May 29, 2017. The All Veterans Council then presented the flag to one of the other veterans in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

Members of the All Veterans Council fold the American flag during the Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse, May 29, 2017. The All Veterans Council then presented the flag to one of the other veterans in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sergeant Jessi Baugh, 17 Medical Support Squadron command support staff NCO in charge, places a wreath upon the veteran memorial during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas, May 29, 2017. At the end of the ceremony, members of local veterans' organizations also placed wreaths on the veteran memorial near the courthouse and four retired service members from the All Veterans Council lowered the flag during "Taps." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sergeant Jessi Baugh, 17 Medical Support Squadron command support staff NCO in charge, places a wreath upon the veteran memorial during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas, May 29, 2017. At the end of the ceremony, members of local veterans' organizations also placed wreaths on the veteran memorial near the courthouse and four retired service members from the All Veterans Council lowered the flag during "Taps." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alejandro Ganster, 17th Training Group Commander, speaks during the Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse, May 29, 2017.  Ganster emphasized the importance of remembering those who died for America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alejandro Ganster, 17th Training Group Commander, speaks during the Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony at the Tom Green County Courthouse, May 29, 2017. Ganster emphasized the importance of remembering those who died for America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

The All Veterans Council of Tom Green County hosted a Memorial Day Commemoration at the Tom Green County Courthouse, May 29.

The event featured the posting of the colors and singing of the National Anthem. The event also featured Col. Alejandro Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, as the guest speaker.

“Today is Memorial Day,” said Ganster, “A time to remember and commemorate the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our country.”

Ganster emphasized the importance of remembering those who died for America.

 “They were not lured by glory and riches,” said Ganster. “They knew that freedom was not free. And they were willing to pay the price.”

At the end of the ceremony, members of local veterans' organizations placed wreaths by the veteran memorial near the courthouse and four retired service members from the All Veterans Council lowered the flag during "Taps."

“Let us hope,” said Ganster. “That all Americans, during the hustle and bustle of a three-day weekend, will find a moment to pause, reflect and perhaps whisper a thank you to those American heroes who made it all possible.”