TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--You could hear the sound of rifle shots, trumpets playing taps to remember the thousands of people who have died while serving our country.
Tammy Wise-Thrash is a gold star mom, a mother who lost her son serving in the military in Iraq.
"Its an honor that people still remember him and to be able to be here and be a part of the ceremony, its painful," said Tammy Wise-Thrash.
Service members were honored during a wreath laying ceremony, a tradition held nationally to remember fallen soldiers.
Though Wise-Thrash still mourns the loss of her son, she says she supports anyone who puts their lives on the line.
"To be a soldier is a calling and as a parent i would not stand in the way of that," said Wise-Thrash.
Michael Kane served in the Marine Corp years ago. He also knows firsthand how it feels to lose someone on the frontlines.
"I couldn't leave here today without going up to these gold star mothers and just giving them a hug and letting them know that they're appreciated and thats the ultimate sacrifice that they made," said Kane.
Though Wise-Thrash's son has made the ultimate sacrifice, she says her faith keeps her moving forward.
"I would say hold on to your faith, hold on to your love and god heals with time," said Wise-Thrash.