Bands marched through downtown as spectators flew American flags and watched the Memorial Day parade in Bangor.
"Everybody that's a veteran I'm here for," said Doris Simpson of Bangor.
Both young and old lined the streets, as they cheered on and thanked veterans for their service
"Memorial Day is a chance to think about and remind these young people why they're sittin' here free," said veteran Win Hood, who is from the Belfast area.
It's a tradition many said they never miss.
"Of course it's fun," said Addie Smith of the Levant area.
But they said it is the meaning behind the holiday that matters most.
"To respect veterans and people who fought for our freedom, to help our country become what it is today," said Smith.
Dena Worster said she has an extensive family history in the military.
"My stepdad was drafted out of high school," said Worster.
She said he was aboard a ship on D-Day.
"He stayed on ship but he still was wounded and ended up getting a Purple Heart [because] of that," said Worster.
She said she wants others enjoying the parade, to understand the importance of honoring those who serve.
"We have so much to be grateful for in this day and age, that there are still people that will put their lives on the line for us to try and protect our freedom," said Worster.
She and others said they were grateful to live in a country that is free because of the brave.
"To appreciate the sacrifice that our men and women in the armed forces have made to keep this country as great as it is," parade-goer Gary Hildebrandt said.