WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Volunteers made sure Saturday three Wilmington cemeteries are properly decked out to mark Veterans Day Tuesday.
Oakdale Cemetery’s annual flag event for veterans graves this year also included Pine Forest Cemetery and Bellevue Cemetery.
The Laney High School Junior ROTC unit along with many veterans and civilians came to pay tribute to the fallen veterans by placing a flag on each veteran’s grave. Volunteers placed nearly 1,400 flags.
Lt. Col. Sean Myers recently retired after serving in the military since 1992. He described what the American flag meant to him and how our country continues to fight to keep it.
“Freedom and opportunity that we are all provided,” he said. “Of course, freedom does not come free, especially over the last 12 years, which has been real significant for all of us.”
Five years ago with the help of the Woodmen of the World, which supplies the flags, along with donations from the Friends of Oakdale and the Oakdale Cemetery Company, it was decided to no longer allow veterans to be forgotten in private cemeteries such as Oakdale, Pine Forest and Bellevue.