RENSSELAER, NY (NEWS10) – Dozens of people lined up along Washington Ave in Rensselaer to watch the city’s Memorial Day Parade step off. The parade was to honor the men and women who gave their last breath to protect our freedom.

On this Memorial Day weekend, so many are barbecuing, spending time with friends, and enjoying their freedom.

“Think of those of all ages who have served this nation,” said Congressman Paul Tonko.

In Rensselaer County, the sidewalks were filled with red, white, and blue.

“As we gather this weekend to do so many things, we do as Americans first and foremost, let’s remember who it is that guaranteed this lifestyle for us,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino.

We remember those who are no longer with us, those who made this scene possible.

“Those who fought for those freedoms and in turn could not enjoy them because they gave their last full measure for our way of life,” said Jimino.

In the crowd Sunday, Paul Tonko and Kathleen Jimino addressed the Gold Star Mothers. Their sons and daughters have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The weekend of reflection even brought out Abe Lincoln, who stood near Washington to watch.

Both the young and old waved the stars and stripes with so much pride.

“Many many moments of reflection that are required of us to understand that freedom is not free,” said Tonko.What others are clicking on: