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Hundreds honor the fallen at Wilmington National Cemetery

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The air was filled with patriotism Monday at Wilmington's National Cemetery Memorial Day Tribute.

The ceremony began at 11:00 a.m.  Hundreds turned out to honor the men and women who have died serving this country.

The New Hanover County Veterans Council also recognized 572 veterans who have died within the past year.

During the service everyone was asked to pray for the people who responded when the nation was in need.  People who helped organize the event say this is a day of reflection and gratitude.

"It means a lot to me," said Charlie Garner with the Veterans Council.  "I lost my brother in Vietnam as well. Last year I was a guest speaker here for my brother. We both went to Vietnam together."

"It's a time to reflect on our past and our future and the veterans that we have that passed away and the ones we have in harm's way right now," said organizer Joe Stanley.

Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts placed around 5,000 American flags on veterans' gravesites at the cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.

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