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Submitted by on Sat, 05/24/2008 - 5:20pm.

Crowds gathered around the Hampstead Village gazebo, to remember all those who fought for our country, and to honor those fighting today. Sergeant Major Thomas Hall says, "today is the day that we need to stop, and reflect and say a little prayer to recognize those families who have lost their loved ones, and service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice." Sergeant Major Tom Hall spoke at the ceremony, where he addressed family and friends who came together to remember their loved ones. Rosemary Daidone of Hampstead says "I thought it was absolutely beautiful. The flowers, and the Major who spoke from Camp Lejeune, he just spoke beautifully." For some, Memorial day holds special meaning. "My husband was in World War II, he was very fortunate, he didn't get hurt. He came home and everything was fine." For others, its a day of mourning. "I remember all my marines and sailors that I've lost since the first Gulf War, in Afghanistan and Iraq and I remember the faces of their families when I didn't bring them home." Even for those who have never lost a loved one to war, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice. Will Ray Tate Marine Corps Retiree says "even though there are some concerns about this war, we still are losing lives. This is in support of our country, and if we are in support of our country, we must be behind our military personel." People at the ceremony say its a day to be grateful for our freedom, and support the troops who remind us that freedom isn't free.

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