Thousands flock to South Padre Island for Memorial Day

American flag drapped on the Port Isabel Lighthouse for Memorial Day

Thousands of people flocked to Port Isabel and South Padre Island the Memorial Day holiday.

From fishing on the jetties to searching for hidden treasures, many spent the holiday soaking up the sun on the beach.

After a slow winter and spring break, business owners are hoping this Memorial Day will kick things off for a busy summer season.

Lifeguards kept a close eye on the crowds below from their watch towers while code enforcement officers patrolled the beach.

One U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Houston said it's important not to forget those that make this day possible. "Us being here at the beach is a liberty that we all take for granted people in other countries, the veteran said. For example, in Cuba, if you're the employee of the month, then you get to go to a certian part of the beach. It's not like that here we're free to come here seven days a week, all year round, and that's freedom.

Some beachgoers said it's time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan.

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