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Hundreds honor fallen soldiers in Florence on Memorial Day

Hundreds gathered to celebrate Memorial Day at Florence National Cemetery. (Source: Ken Baker). Hundreds gathered to celebrate Memorial Day at Florence National Cemetery. (Source: Ken Baker).

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF)- Hundreds gathered to celebrate Memorial Day at Florence National Cemetery.

“Every Veteran's story deserves to be remembered,” said Dr. Ron Walters, Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. That was the message given to an estimated crowd of 300 on Monday at the Florence National Cemetery.

The Memorial Day event drove home the importance of remembering those soldiers who lost their lives on the battle field.

“Just take a minute and remember that there are lots of people who gave the ultimate price for us to be able to have holidays like Memorial Day,” said Barry Wingard, retired colonel.

The guest speaker was South Carolina Attorney General, Alan Wilson.

“I've lost a father in service. I've really lost a Grandfather to serve, and lost an uncle to service the cost of what freedom is, is really real to me,” Wilson said. That cost is what organizers want the folks of our region to remember, as many people may have had the day off today.

“There is plenty of time to grill a hamburger, eat a hot dog... go to the swimming pool later,” Wingard said.

Speakers all hit on the importance of remembering each soldiers sacrifice, and each war that played a role in building our country.

“Freedom isn't free, and people need to realize that. When I come back to Florence South Carolina and I'm able to be around people like former congressman, Ed young here, and being able to show and celebrate the service like people, and so many that have come before us, and so many that are buried out here. It's a tremendous honor,” Wilson said.

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