VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Memorial Day is a time for remembering fallen heroes, and honoring their loved ones who must carry on now without them.
That was the goal of the second annual Gold Star roll call of remembrance observance at Naval Air Station Oceana Wednesday.
One by one the names of more than 80 fallen heroes associated with Hampton Roads, were read, followed by the tolling of a ceremonial ship's bell.
It was all about paying tribute to those who have died. But it was also about honoring those who still live.
"Just know that we consider each and every one of you family here at Naval Air Station Oceana," said the base commanding officer, Captain Rich Meadows.
The Navy has designated May as Gold Star Awareness Month. Throughout the year, but especially during this month, they will focus on our Gold Star spouses, children, siblings, parents and their extended family members.
"For Gold Star families, every day is Memorial Day, but when the nation takes a moment to recognize our fallen heroes it means a lot," said Gold Star Mother Terri Dunn-Campbell, who lost her Marine Corps Lance Corporal son Kielin at age 19, in Afghanistan in 2010.
She's touched by ceremonies like this.
"It means that their lives will forever be remembered and that's something we as Gold Star families, we cherish that," she said.
It was truly, a case of gone, but not forgotten.