EASTLAKE -- As the nation approaches the 11th anniversary of 9/11, a large crowd took time to remember all those who lost their lives that day-- and in the two wars that followed.
"The families have to deal with loss for the rest of their lives," says John Kikol, the event's organizer, "so the least we can do is let them know we're not going to forget them."
The service, which included a gun salute and the playing of "Taps", also honored all those who have fallen during the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
One of those was Bob Gilbert's son, Robert L. Gilbert, who died on his 28th birthday from wounds sustained in combat.
The elder Gilbert quoted lines about how people in the military are "not trying to be a hero; I don't want to die."
But, he continued, in combat, "you don't think twice" but wonder "could I give my life? Would I make that sacrifice?"
In addition to 500 American flags, this memorial in Eastlake also has pieces from beams at the World Trade Center, a piece of granite from the Pentagon and grass from Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Those, of course, are the locations where the planes crashed on 9/11.