This holiday takes on new meaning for families of those fighting tonight in Iraq. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports on how Memorial Day has changed an Amarillo mom and dad.
Jerry and Debbie Boeka haven't seen their son Ryan since before October when he left for Iraq. Now Memorial Day takes on a deeper meaning.
"Memorial Day is no more just the beginning of summer or family cookouts, you really think about the sacrifices our military makes for our country," says Debbie.
"Because of him I know honor him and everyone who serves the country," says Jerry.
"Just want you to know that I love you and miss you so much," says Ryan on an answering machine message.
The Boeka's crowded around their answering machine today just to hear ryan's voice, because often they go months without talking to him. Although they are proud of their son's choice to serve... Today is just as hard as any other.
"It's always on my mind... About him perhaps never being able to come back. He always says, don't worry about me I'm fine, but you can hear it in his voice that he's tired, he's very tired," says Debbie.
"I've been doing a lot of crying lately, I sometimes feel selfish that I have it so easy and he has it so difficult," says Jerry.
For now the Boeka's will focus on when Ryan comes home in early 2008, and countless others who have served the country.
"I've always thought I don't want anyone to forget him and what he's doing and all the other soldiers as well," says Debbie.