WILMINGTON -- A ceremony Saturday at the Wilmington National Cemetery brought veterans, community leaders and patriotic citizens together to honor the troops who fought and continue to fight for our country.
Veterans young and old saluted Old Glory as the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem.
The setting was celebratory and solemn, as veterans told stories of battle surrounded by the headstones of fallen servicemen and women.
One World War II veteran, Billy Ray Lyerly, wore his original uniform from 65 years ago. It was a day of rememberance for him, and for others who came out to support the veterans.
The New Hanover County Veterans Service says there are more than 60,000 veterans in the tri-county area, and that number is growing every day.