Volunteers help prepare Wilmington National Cemetery for the 4th of July

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Avenue of Flags at the Wilmington National Cemetery are proudly waving and ready for a big 4th of July celebration.

About a dozen volunteers showed up Saturday morning to start preparing for the New Hanover County Veterans Council’s annual Independence Day program at the cemetery.

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Volunteers set up more than 40 flags around the cemetery. Vietnam War veteran Ronald Lloyd said it is his honor to come out and help.

“Oh, it’s just the best. I mean we did a lot of things in Gettysburg, having come from that kind of military background and town, but this area, with the ceremony going on here and the Battleship and the Southport parade, it’s just a fantastic way to honor the county. It seems to be extremely well participated in down here,” Lloyd said.

The 11 a.m. 4th of July service at the cemetery is open to the public. The guest speaker this year is Aron Laney of Team Red, White and Blue.

The Knights of Columbus will hold a short service at 8 a.m. July 4 at Thalian Hall at 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington. The KOC will complete the 21 Day Flag Salute which began June 14.