Among the Memorial Day Festivities today, the city of East Ridge took time to honor fallen soldiers and their families with a ceremony at Pioneer Frontier Park.

The American Legion Post 95, along with city personnel and the Crestwood Garden Club, hosted the event.

Post 95's commander, Larry Palmer, says events like this one are important to help remember the fallen in our specific communities.

"It's an important event for East Ridge to show our patriotic spirit, and to honor all of those from East Ridge and the surrounding areas that have fallen in service of our country," Palmer said.

Visitors today also heard from Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and the mayor of East Ridge, Brian Williams. The American Legion rounded out the program by laying wreaths on the Blue Star Memorial and firing a 21-gun salute.

Palmer hopes the event helps share one very important message.

"Remember that we get to live our lives the way we live them today because they gave up their lives," Palmer said. "And that's the thought that everyone ought to take away from Memorial Day."