(KTEN) — Memorial Day is more than just a holiday or a three-day weekend. It's a day to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We wouldn't have our freedoms today; you and I probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them going before us, and everything that they have done for us," said Billy Teague, co-founder of the Texoma Heroes program. "I mean, how do you say 'thank you' to them?"

"Without them, we wouldn't be here," added Texas resident Sandi Jameson. "So we need to remember them and what they did for us and for our country."

And without those heroes of the battlefield, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have today.

"That's why we can walk on this street and have the freedoms we have," said Texas resident Zac Ellis. "We can go to church where we want to. It's just an amazing thing."

Many Texomans are more than thankful for all our war heroes who gave everything for our country. 

"To me, Memorial Day is actually more of a day of thanksgiving," said Perrin Air Force Base Museum volunteer Mary Day. "A day for thanking those that have given their lives for us and for our country, and any way that we can celebrate them and their families, we should be doing that."

"I just daily keep them and their families in my prayers, so that we can always remember them and never forget them," Teague added.

And may we never forget, that it's because of their sacrifice, we have the freedoms we have today. 

"How can we recognize the living heroes that we have in our world when we can't remember those that have gone before us? It's really important to remember the men and women that have given so much — a lot more than I have or ever will give," Teague said.