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Hundreds attend Memorial Day ceremony at Wilmington National Cemetery



WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds attended a Memorial Day ceremony at Wilmington National Cemetery on Monday.  

The ceremony, hosted by US Veterans Affairs, featured several speakers, included a calling of Wilmington’s deceased veterans, and a rifle salute.  

The cemetery is the final resting place of some 5,000 men and women who lost their lives fighting for freedom and democracy.  

Retired Coastguardsmen Karl Schultz was among the speakers at the ceremony. He said the holiday is a time of recognition and reflection.  

“Memorial Day is important for the nation. I think it’s a time that we express our gratitude for those who have fallen in service of our great nation and through the history of all our nation’s wars, I think we also need to stop and remember our Gold Star families, those who lost a loved one, son daughter or parent,” he said. 

Schultz added that many of the veterans who serve today have family who came before them.  

“It should not be lost on us, you know, it’s intergenerational service,” he said. “Many that serve today are sons and daughters, grandkids, nieces, and nephews of those that served.” 

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo also spoke at the event. He said it’s vital for officials to stand side by side with veterans. 

“I think it’s important that all the elected leaders of our community show up for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day to recognize the sacrifice of those Americans that gave their lives for the freedoms and the democracies that we all enjoy every single day,” he said.  

Despite a little rain during the reading of names, those attending the ceremony stayed to listen.  

“We had obviously a torrential downpour here for a little while we were reading the names of the deceased veterans of our community, which we recognize every single year. Over 600 names were read today, but to see these people to stay here during the ceremony is a testament to our community and what the veterans mean to this community,” he said. 

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