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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On this Memorial Day hundreds of people visited Wilmington National Cemetery to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The ceremony specifically honored the 572 veterans in our area who died since last Memorial Day.

The new hanover county veterans council sponsors the event. They expected 400 people to attend the ceremony with 200 of those being veterans or active duty military. They want to remember their comrades who were not with them today.

“This isn’t just a long weekend for a lot of people to go out and have parties and cookouts,” veteran and event organizer Frank Roberts said. “It’s also a weekend for us to remember all of those veterans who have already passed for having served their country. So we want to make sure that we put that on every year.”

Over the weekend Boy Scouts placed 5,000 small flags near grave stones to mark Memorial Day. Bigger flags were set up by the Civil Air Patrol and the Wilmington Sea Cadet Division.

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