Mayor Michael Bloomberg paid tribute Monday to the legions of New Yorkers who served in the military.
The mayor marked Memorial Day by visiting the Soldiers and Sailors monument on Riverside Drive at 89th Street.
He was joined by current members of the armed forces as well as veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The mayor said the city continues to do what it can to help the estimated 200,000 veterans who live in the city.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly took part in a wreath laying ceremony on board the USS Intrepid.
He praised members of the military, especially those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Those NY1 spoke with said it's important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"I would advise the young people, you love your country? Think about how each and every one of us in some way protected our freedoms," said John Fackry, a Vietnam War veteran.
"I'm sorry there's so few of us in uniform here today," said Enrique Reid, a World War II veteran. "But I must say, I'm beginning to get a tight fit on this one."
"Today, across America, we see outstanding individuals who are living and leading by the values instilled in them during their time in the military," Kelly said.
"We remember on this day those who answered this nation's call to duty in all the conflicts of our history," said Lieutenant General James H. Huntoon of the United States Military Academy.
Kelly also took time to honor members of the New York City Police Department who enlisted in the armed forces after the September 11th attacks.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement this Memorial Day, which read, in part, "The freedoms we as Americans enjoy and cherish today have been safeguarded by men and women who gave their lives. Today, we also honor the military families who have lost loved ones, and send our heartfelt condolences to each of them."
President Barack Obama honored America's fallen soldiers Monday with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
He also told the crowd to keep in mind all those still wearing the uniform around the world, including service men and women in Afghanistan.
"Last Memorial Day, I stood here and spoke about how for the first time in nine years, Americans were no longer fighting and dying in Iraq," Obama said. "Today, a transition is underway in Afghanistan, and our troops are coming home. Fewer Americans are making the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, and that's progress for which we are profoundly grateful. And this time next year, we will mark the final Memorial Day of our war in Afghanistan."
Earlier, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a breakfast at the White House with families of service members who have been killed.