WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Monday Morning Wichita city leaders attended Resthaven's 65th Annual Memorial Day service. A somber day like Memorial Day is to never forget those who gave their lives for our freedom. 

The playing of taps is recognized by many as honoring service members. But other things can bring up memories as well and not all of them good.

"When you see all these 6,000 flags on the graves. It reminds me of when I walked into a hangar one day, and the hangar was full of caskets with bodies on it. And they all had flags draped over it. And that bothers me,” said Leory Stine, a Navy Veteran.

Stine served in the Vietnam War and he appreciates people coming out to remember the fallen. He wants to keep the memory alive for younger generations. 

“I think a lot of the younger generation do not carry the same respect as the older generation because they didn't live through it and a lot of the history gets lost,” said Stine.

People continue to pay respects to those who have served our country and Stine says people still thank him to this day.

“I was at a restaurant the other day and a guy came up and bought my meal for me and before his wife left, she came over and thanked me,” said Stine.

For Air Force Reserve and first female Wing Commander at McConnell Reserves, Cynthia Welch tells us how the armed forces has transformed over her 27 years.

“I don't have to pull my hair back in a bun which seems like a very small thing, but let me tell you, you try pulling your hair back and have been for years and years and years on end,” said Welch.

Severing our country runs in her family. While no one in her family died while serving, she remembers the sacrifices her family made to help secure the freedoms we enjoy today.

"We missed a lot of birthdays. We miss a lot of family events. The comments I made about the empty chairs at the dining table really hit home because my dad was flying during Vietnam and was gone quite a bit,” said Welch.

She encourages people to serve in the military, just as she does, standing on the shoulders of giants who come before her.