Idahoans celebrate Memorial Day

Posted at 5:25 PM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 19:25:50-04

Idahoans celebrated Memorial Day across the Gem State from the panhandle to Boise and beyond.

Thousands gathered at the Idaho State Veteran’s Memorial to commemorate Idaho’s fallen soldiers of past conflicts.

Names of the fallen were read aloud while veteran groups laid wreaths at the memorial followed by a flyover provided from the Warhawk Air Museum.

In Boise, Idaho Civil War Volunteers conducted a graveside ceremony at the Morris Hill Cemetery.

Volunteers dressed in Civil War uniforms performed a 21-gun salute while members of the VFW placed small flags around the mausoleum.

In Canyon County, hundreds of small American Flags marked graves of the fallen at the KohlerLawn Cemetery in Nampa.

"Not all of us have the opportunity to be heroes or have the opportunity to make that level of sacrifice, but we all have the opportunity to do things right, to present the best side of ourselves and the best side of humanity, and I think if everybody did a little bit of that, this country would go long, long ways," Chief Master Sergeant Harold Bongiovi said during the ceremony.