WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Hundreds of people filtered into Memorial Park on Monday to remember fallen soldiers.
For Dennis Gift, that meant honoring his big brother.
It was a solemn day for Gift as he spent his first Memorial Day without his older brother, Leroy, who died three months ago.
"No matter how long you prepare for death, it's still hard," said Dennis Gift, 61. "He was my big brother."
Last year, Dennis Gift could honor Leroy on Veterans Day. Since he died Feb. 25, Dennis now remembers him on Memorial Day as well.
Leroy Gift, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, was 83 when he died.
"Physically, it's not that different," said Dennis Gift, of Waynesboro. "Emotionally, yes, it is."
Dennis Gift observed the Memorial Day parade led by the Wayne Band and listened as state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York, addressed the crowd gathered thereafter at Memorial Park.