HOUSTON -

A sentiment of reverence as well as celebration on America's Independence Day.

At Houston National Cemetery, families set aside personal joy and light-hearted festivities in remembrance of the military veterans who have lost their lives serving the nation.

 The men and women walked headstone to headstone reading a loud the names of all the individuals buried there.

This is no small task.  Set to the sound of bagpipes, nearly seventy thousand names were read over a period of about three hours.

Alek Babineaux and his grandmother were among the attendees.  Alex's uncle, Matthew, died in Afghanistan in 2007.

"I want to be a marine and carry his legacy," Alex told KPRC's Mark Boyle.

Richard Queen and his wife carried the sentiments of thankful onlookers.

"We figure, no matter what we go through, it's nothing compared to what they go through.  My wife and I are more than willing to sacrifice anything for them."

The "Reading" as it is called, is organized by Wreaths Across America- Houston.

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to honor and thank veterans for their service and their sacrifice.