Huntington Beach honors America’s fallen heroes and warriors on Memorial Day as people fill the beaches

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — It was a beautiful day outside as tens of thousands made their way to local beaches for Memorial Day. Officials expected larger-than-normal crowds and higher-than-normal surf.

“Huntington Beach is fantastic. Very patriotic,” Meghan Willis said. “I’m looking forward to celebrating Memorial Day out here.”

Whether you want to play in the sand, cool off in the water, or just relax and soak up the sun, there’s something for everyone.

“Days like today I think are very special for our community,” said Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize.

However, people enjoying the day have not lost sight of what this holiday is all about.

“Everyone who has served our country and sacrificed their life for us and given us these freedoms is doing just that,” said Chris Armstrong.

“We want to make sure we respect anyone who fell in love with us to be out here enjoying all this beautiful weather,” Willis said.

The city commemorated the holiday by honoring those who served in the military but never made it home.

They paid tribute to the fallen heroes of this community and all who served and died for this country.

“I think everyone who has gone before us knows and prays that we are grateful for the service they rendered and the ultimate sacrifice,” Delgleize said.

It is a sacrifice that must never be forgotten.

“Freedom isn’t free,” Willis said. “There’s a lot of people who died for it, so we have to make sure we respect and honor them and remember that.”

Some beachgoers told Eyewitness News that it’s easy to get distracted from what Memorial Day is all about, and encouraged everyone to just take a step back, even if it’s just for a minute, and remember those who do made ultimate sacrifices.

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Laura Coffey

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