At the end of a long weekend, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.

Activities at the annual Anchorage Remembers: Memorial Day Ceremony event included a fallen warrior ceremony, a performance of taps played on the bugle and the laying of wreaths.

Sen. Dan Sullivan said Memorial Day is a chance to recognize the families of the troops as well as the fallen heroes. 

"To our Gold Star families, those here who have loved and lost a loved one in the service of our country, we know that words cannot heal the pain," Sullivan said. "But we hope our collective support, the support of all Alaskans across our state, will provide a measure of comfort for you in your loss."

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's commanding officer also underscored the day's significance.

"On days like this, days of remembrance, on Memorial Day, we ask you take a moment to never forget the cost of freedom," said Air Force Col. Patricia Csank.

People also honored the fallen at Fort Richardson National Cemetery, as representatives of various military organizations presented wreaths during the ceremony.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivered the keynote address.

"They sacrificed their lives so that our country could remain free," he said. "They sacrificed their lives so that those who came after them could continue to work, live in what is still the greatest democracy in the world."

KTVA's Dave Leval contributed to this report.

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