Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- As the nation paused on Memorial Day, Alabamians followed suit. Many bowed their heads in prayer for the military men and women who lost their lives.
In Prattville, residents gathered at the Autauga County Courthouse. Many in attendance had just gotten back from the area's first Honor Flight.
"I just wanted to go down there and see some of my friends--some of my Veterans--and enjoy the memorial that they have for us and all veterans," said Jim Gardner, a World War II veteran.
In Montgomery, Congressman Mike Rogers laid a wreath at the city's V.A. hospital, while the Capital Sounds Concert Band played military tunes for veterans and their families.
"When we think about the enormous sacrifices that so many families in this country have made over the course of our history, you can't help but be humbled," Rogers explained.
It wasn't just the older generations that said, 'thank you' during this year's holiday.
Montgomery Eagle Scout Parker Niell, 18, unveiled the Alabama War on Terror Memorial--a service project that took the teen more than 300 hours to complete.
"It means a lot for [younger generations] to remember everyone who has given their lives," Niell said.