COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – As many take a long weekend to celebrate the unofficial start to summer, it isn’t uncommon to hear the phrase “Happy Memorial Day.”

It’s a day often marked by travel, barbecues and celebrations; however, for a military community such as Colorado Springs, it also provides an opportunity to remember service members who never made it home while serving. For many, it’s a somber occasion, not one that warrants a “happy” sentiment.