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Veterans, friends and family pay tribute to fallen soldiers

Posted May 27, 2013

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— Veterans, friends and family paid tribute to fallen soldiers at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh on Monday.

Veteran Tom Badger said he visits the cemetery every Memorial Day because military service is part of his family history.  He is the great-great grandson of George Edmund Badger, U.S. Secretary of the Navy. Badger says he makes sure that an American flag is by his great-great grandfather every Memorial Day.

"Those guys fought in the war. I never had to shoot anybody, but they did. They earned it. Somebody's got to do it," Badger said. 

Flags at Oakwood Cemetery Families make tradition of placing flags on vets' graves

For Judy Collier and her grandson Blake, the same act has become a tradition. The two were at the Oakwood Cemetery visiting William Setzer, Blake's grandfather. Collier and her grandson placed their remaining flags at other graves. They say it is just one small way to show respect. 

According to the director of the Oakwood Cemetery, several groups of volunteers also came by Monday to put flags in the ground for veterans. 

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