Brunswick County man builds a veteran memorial

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Many Americans will gather in cemeteries or on military posts this Memorial Day to honor those who have served our country.

But, Dan Loerzel spent the last year turning a portion of his front yard in Boiling Spring Lakes into a monument and memorial.  It's something that looks like it could belong to our nation's capital.

"When we built the house here, we had enough property," said Loerzel.  "I talked to the wife and she said, 'Let's do it.' It's a place to be silent and remembered."

The memorial features a flag pole and a red, white, and blue flower garden.  There are also two life-like statues of a marine and an army soldier.

Loerzel, a former marine, wants people to stop by and see the memorial.

"One lady came up to the house and wanted to thank me, because her son just left Iraq in the Marine Corps," said Loerzel.  "Another lady came by and asked if she could bring her grandma over and take a picture with the marine there.  I guess she lost her husband in the Marine Corps."

In addition to the flag and flower memorial, Loerzel also built a bridge and a small pond to remind him of his days in Vietnam.

"Everyday there is somebody over there going through the conditions like I was under," said Loerzel.  "I don't' think once a year is enough to thank them or think about them."

Loerzel's hope is that his front yard will be a year-round reminder to honor the men and women who have served our country.  He plans to build a small parking lot for spectators, as well as buy a few more statues.

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