Letter: Memorial Day honors our veterans

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 05:12 PM.

In my heart, I feel the need to bring to light the memory of this past Memorial Day at the N.C. State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Being the widow of Gunnery Sgt. WM. M. Virtue who is laid to rest there, the only proper words to say come from what I see and what I feel.

Looking about, the crowds had become enormous, too numerous to count. Many were saying, “Where are all of these people coming from?” Also, a huge number of bikers attended the service, later walking about the cemetery to pay their respects, leaving behind their footprints in the green, green grass of home.

As I sat in a chair at the grave of my husband, two bikers approached me, read the headstone of my husband, kneeled and said a silent prayer. Were they angels on my shoulder?

The day was extremely warm. Tents, chairs and bottled water were provided for all. At the movement of the hands on the clock, it became standing-room only. This was not a parade. This was a day put down in history to remain in history until the end of time, a family together forever.

Speakers read the names on five pages of those recently departed and rang a bell for each and every one.

Neither heat nor cold could change this day. Our veterans would not only be remembered in Jacksonville, but all across the country.

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