make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Tribute held at Wilmington National Cemetery

READ MORE: Tribute held at Wilmington National Cemetery
Patriotism rang loud and clear at Wilmington National Cemetery this Memorial Day. From every angle, every flag, flower, and shirt beamed red, white, and blue. "It just shows a lot of patriotism and to see that that's still alive in a community is a great thing, especially as a veteran myself,” said Frank Roberts of the NHC Veterans Council. For some, it was an emotional day. "These people gave their lives,” said Gil Navarrette. But behind the tears, was a whole lot of pride. "It’s just always beautiful here in the city of Wilmington; it's just beautiful to see our citizens respond and take time out of their busy schedules and their busy days and on this beautiful weekend to come out here and reflect and that's a beautiful thing,” said Mayor Bill Saffo. The names of 426 veterans were read to honor those in our region who have passed away since last Memorial Day. "This is one country who's fought many wars to preserve and protect democracy, and I salute all veterans past, present, and future,” said Vietnam veteran Jim Greene. Community members sat among the 5,600 gravesites, some going back to the Civil War, to salute those who served and are still serving who hold a special place in our hearts. "We're just so thankful to live in a country like America which truly is the greatest country in the world,” said James Faison III of Wilmington. Nearly 20,000 veterans currently live in New Hanover County making it the fifth most populated veteran community in the state.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.