Pandemic doesn't halt Memorial Day observances in Fayetteville
Although no scheduled Memorial Day observance was held Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, that didn't stop people from gathering for an impromptu service.Posted — Updated
The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Company laid wreaths at Freedom Memorial Park and read the names of those from Cumberland County who died during World War I and World World II.
Mark Jones a former member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, said he was planning to visit a couple of area cemeteries to play Taps when he stumbled upon the gathering at Freedom Memorial Park and volunteered to pitch in and help.
"For me, it's just an honor to carry this flag," Rivera said.
"It was an emotional feeling," Covas said. "There was a couple of times when it felt like my heart came up to my chest, to my throat, and I had to swallow it. I just wanted to bust down a couple of times, but it's an honor. It's a great privilege to wear these flags and carry it."
Meanwhile, a group of volunteers from Fayetteville spent their Memorial Day morning working hard to honor fallen soldiers from Fort Bragg.
Each cross has the name of a fallen hero from Fort Bragg, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the peace and freedom of the world.
"We all are eternally owed to their love and commitment to this nation and the world," wrote Camp Ground UMC on their social media page.
The church invites guests to stop by and pay tribute to the fallen heroes during the next two weeks.
"May God bless those fallen heroes/heroines and their families. May God bless the USA!" wrote the church.