Emotional day as family, friends remember & honor loved ones in military on Memorial Day

RITTMAN, Ohio -

Under a deep blue sky, abundant sunshine and a gentle breeze, a steady flow of traffic and people made their way quietly through the long oval drive at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman on this Memorial Day.

Families could be seen praying, hugging, leaving flowers, remembering and honoring their loved ones who served in the U.S. military, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Jose Lopez knelt at his brother's grave Monday amid hundreds of granite markers bearing the names of thousands of veterans from World Wars to current day .

Jose bowed his head and put his right hand on the marker with his brother's name on it, 27-year-old Army Specialist First Class Angel Lopez.

Angel, who graduated from Cleveland's John Marshall High School was killed in action in Afghanistan last October.

Jose is a Marine and said he and his brother exchanged friendly jokes and a lot of respect.

Today is about celebrating these people here, these people went out and made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Just seven months ago my brother Angel made that sacrifice. I'll remember his happiness, his drive at just life in general, he's the person I respect,” said Jose Lopez.

As Jose knelt at his brother's grave, his young daughter patted his back, trying to comfort her dad.

Hundreds of others laid flowers and placed flags near markers for their loved ones.

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman is open daily during daylight hours.

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