With all the traffic, barbecue and beaches, it can be easy to forget what Memorial day is really about. Monday, thousands of people across New England honored those service men and woman who gave their lives for our country.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh attended a Memorial Day Ceremony at Cedar Grove Cemetary in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
Hundreds of people turned out to honor veterans and their families. The day's events began with a parade down Adams Street and ended at Cedar Grove Cemetary where there was a wreath laying ceremony followed by a formal program with several distinguished speakers.
It wasn't until the 1960s that Memorial Day became a national holiday. While the long weekend does usher in the summer season, Governor Baker said it was important for everyone to remember the holiday's roots.