Fallen heroes and their families honored at Silver Dollar City event Sunday

It was a day to honor fallen American heroes in Branson on Sunday.

Family members of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice gathered at Silver Dollar City.

During The Gold Star Family Remembrance Ceremony, names of fallen military members were read, taps and a special song were played, and special guests spoke. It was all to help family members of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice know they're not alone and to show them that their loved ones service is appreciated.

Silver Dollar City and Humana partnered together to welcome about 300 Gold Star family members from across the nation to the Ozarks for this event. Those family members represented 59 fallen heroes.

The families enjoyed a free day at the park before the ceremony.

Parents who've lost a child as they fought to preserve freedom say while they feel the pain of loss everyday, knowing that their service and their sacrifice is appreciated helps them know that their loved one is not forgotten.

"When you ask about my son, we talk about his military and yes, he was a hero, but he was a hero to us before that, and a hero to four very precious children," Barbara Brooks said.

"Every time a new person sees my son and sees the picture of what he did, it makes me proud. It hurts," Dennis Peters said.

Brooks says holidays are especially difficult for her as she remembers spending these special times with her son, but events like this help her remember him and honor his sacrifice.

September is Heroes Month at Silver Dollar City. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and active duty & retired military personnel receive free admission to the park through September 30.