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These Americans Pause to Remember, Honor

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RALEIGH — "We had ancestors in the Revolutionary War.We've had relatives and friends in all the wars since." Withthose words, Hazel Dodson explains the meaning of Memorial Day to her.Although none of her family's relatives is buried at Raleigh's NationalCemetery, she was on hand to deliver a wreath in honor of all veterans.

Remembering all branches of the military, all war veterans and all thethings they did while they served our country -- those memories are thepurpose of Memorial Day observances across the nation.

Mayola Winston, who participated in the event, said she feels theceremonies are very important becauseshe has relatives buried at the cemetery and she has also become active inveterans' activities.

She, and others, who came for the observances agree there is no limit to the number of lives touched by veterans, and that their sacrificesprovide important lessons for young people.

Most of the events have been staged, but Monday night at 6 there willbe one more. At Durham's Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Rd., aceremony will be sponsored by AmericanLegion Post 7. The speaker will be Vietnam War veteran Larry Stogner.

On the national level, at 3 p.m. Eastern time, Americans are being asked to take moment to remember our war dead.

The group No Greater Love calls it a"Nationwide Moment of Remembrance." It will be marked bythe playing of "Taps" across the country,followed by a moment of silence.

No Greater Love founder Carmella LaSpadasays she wants to put the "memorial" back intoMemorial Day. She says too often, Memorial Day is seen as justa day off work, rather than a day to remember thosewho gave their lives so the rest of us could be free.

LaSpada says baseball stadiums, race tracks,casinos, airports and retailers are among those whohave agreed to the moment of silence. And Amtrak's 200passenger trains will sound their horns.

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