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Balloon Fest's Field of Flags honors fallen heroes

Posted May 27, 2016 10:41 p.m. EDT
Updated May 28, 2016 1:33 a.m. EDT

In a small corner of Fleming Loop Park, flags were displayed to pay tribute to fallen United States Armed Forces Members Friday at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest.

Carrie Cochrane was in attendance Friday to honor two of her husband’s military friends, one of whom she never met but will never forget.

“Anytime we get to put it out there and let other people read his name and sent his beautiful family a nice thought, and well wishes, is a chance we like to take,” Cochrane said.

Each flag bears the name of a member of the military, each representing family members who will never forget the sacrifice of their loved ones.

Cassandra Cranston paid tribute to her brother on Friday, who was killed by roadside bomb in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. He was 27-year-old and on his second tour overseas.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol will guard the Field of Flags throughout the weekend at Fleming Loop Park. By Monday, the entire field is expected to be filled with American flags honoring the fallen heroes.

“You never get over it,” said Bill Curley, a Vietnam veteran. “It’s in your heart. You never get over it, you think about it every day.”