A booming Memorial Day salute in Southport

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — It was a bittersweet Memorial Day in Southport. The US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence passed by one last time on its way out of Wilmington and was greeted with a loud surprise in Brunswick County.

Crowds filled the Garrison Lawn as the Southport Historical Society fired its cannon known as “Thor” not once, but twice on Monday. The first blast came around 2:35 p.m. to salute the Diligence ending its tenure in Wilmington.

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The second charge was to honor men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the United States military. Those who fire the cannon say they weren’t about to miss out on the opportunity.

“We jumped at the opportunity when we were notified last Friday of the Cutter Diligence leaving the area and requesting a salute,” Glen Price, a member of the Southport Historical Society gun crew, said. “Each one of these members dropped everything they were doing with their families to come out here and provide this on Memorial Day.”

The Southport Historical Society says they fire the cannon just a few times a year and only for special occasions. Monday just happened to have two of those that deserved a salute like no other.