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Respect, Remembrance Among Themes in Memorial Day Ceremonies

Posted May 28, 2007 1:03 p.m. EDT
Updated May 28, 2007 8:35 p.m. EDT

— Memorial Day services were held Monday in North Carolina and across the country as people remember the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Hundreds of people came to a memorial service at Freedom Memorial Park to honor their fallen heroes as well as troops who are currently fighting overseas.

"These were people who came from all walks of life from every corner of this great land of ours," said retired Sgt. Maj. Clyde Foster, of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program. "They were our fathers, our sons, our mothers and daughters, our friends and our neighbors. They were all ordinary people living ordinary lives who were asked to make extraordinary sacrifices."

Many of the veterans at the ceremony laid wreaths at gravesites. Citizens also urged the public to thank  soldiers and veterans. Similar ceremonies took place in Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest.