Ahead of Memorial Day, the American Legion Post 1700 in Endwell recognizes the men and women who have put their lives on the line for our country.

Over four dozen people attended the event to honor veterans at Good Shepherd Village today.

"Humbles me to be amongst these veterans here and the stories that they've told me in the past and the sacrifices they have made not only to veterans but their families, to the sacrifices that they made for their country," says American Legion Post 1700 Commander Dave Williams.

Williams and members of the legion auxiliary handed out flags and poppies, symbolizing the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Military.

The event was organized by the American Legion Post 1700, deciding to hold the event today to ensure everyone had a chance to attend.

Williams said, "A lot of the veterans cannot make it out doing Memorial Day. It's quite a busy time with the parades and everything. So I feel that it's only right to come out here and spend time with them and have a service for them."

Being a veteran himself, Williams knows the struggles many servicemen and women face, making these celebrations that much more important.

Williams says, "It's important to have a memorial and a service because sometimes they're forgotten and we can never forget our veterans."

You can attend Memorial Day parades next week on Monday, taking place in the City of Binghamton and the Village of Endicott.