AUSTIN -- Monday's rain didn't put a stop to a 35- year tradition in East Austin.

The annual Memorial Day Service at the Texas State Cemetery went on despite the weather.

The special service has been held at the Texas State Cemetery since 1981 and is sponsored by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lieutenant Colonel Alanna Cook spoke at the event. It's the first time the service has featured a female keynote speaker.

Those who served say people often forget this holiday is about those who sacrificed so much.

"Memorial Day is a time to think of the service that they have provided, some the ultimate sacrifice, and we want to honor them for that. As a Marine myself serving during Vietnam, it's important to me to have this day and observe it," said Wayne Courreges of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The service also honored two American Revolutionary War veterans wo are buried at the cemetery.

The Texas State Cemetery grounds are open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.