North Carolina marks Memorial Day

May 27, 2013 3:49:29 PM PDT
North Carolinians paid their respects to the fallen Monday, marking Memorial Day with wreath layings and special ceremonies.

At the Capitol in Raleigh, lawmakers put aside their differences to pay tribute to the men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The wreath laying has been put on for two decades by the Tar Heel Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Hundreds came out for the event Monday.

Across the Triangle at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9100 held an event that featured music and a World War II veteran shared his experiences.

The grave of each veteran at the cemetery was decorated with a flag and the names of the dead were read aloud.

In Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum held special Memorial Day events. Displays of WW II, Korea and Vietnam vintage military vehicles and gear were display and members of the Golden Knights did parachute packing demonstrations and also signed photographs.

A Memorial Day ceremony was also held late Monday afternoon at the historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

This event was held on the Field of Honor where people took the time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The keynote speaker was the former U.S. Navy Commander of the USS Greenville.

There was also a presentation of colors by the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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