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Veterans honored in downtown Wilmington parade, cemetery service

Updated: Nov. 11, 2017 at 6:48 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The first Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Wilmington drew hundreds Saturday morning.

Afterward, the public gathered in the Wilmington National Cemetery to honor veterans and their families.

"This is just a day for all of us as veterans to unite and say we appreciate one another, and we put this event on as a way of thanking everyone," said Frank Roberts, Chairman of the New Hanover County Veterans Council.

The parade's theme was "Honor Our Vets." More than 50 different groups participated in the lineup, including American Gold Star Mothers.

Norma Luther, whose son died while serving in the military, participated in the parade.

"He was just the greatest son, he was full of life, full of interest in everything but his main love was flying," said Luther. "My son was in Germany serving. He is a West Point graduate and helicopter pilot, and he crashed and was killed doing his duty."

Luther has served as the president of the American Gold Star Mothers.

Galen Fish, a Vietnam Veteran in the parade, is part of three generations of military service: Fish, his son, and his father.

"Unless you've done this, you can't thank them enough, you just can't," said Fish.

Lee Bujalski, Commander of American Legion Post 10 Wilmington, walked in the parade to honor his father.

"My father was in the Navy, he was in lighter than air, he flew in the blimps during world war two," said Bujalski.

Politicians, including Mayor Bill Saffo, spoke at the veteran service in the Wilmington National Cemetery.

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