The New Bern community observes Memorial Day

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On a quiet Saturday morning, scouts and young marines in New Bern came together to place flags on the graves of our fallen American hero’s

Would you want to live in a county that doesn’t have the freedoms that we have here today? I know I wouldn’t said Diane Buchner, Girl Scouts of Craven County

And that’s why Buchner takes part in this annual tradition at the New Bern National Cemetery.

It’s an opportunity for young scouts to learn about America’s heroes but also learn what the holiday is about —

If we don’t teach our young people these traditions. They go by the wayside we don’t want that to happen said Buchner

Before placing the flags on the graves. They took a moment to step out of Memorial Day tradition to honor current and retired service members

Because freedom isn’t free, said Avery Seaman, The Young Marines

The sounds of horns and poems being read aloud filled the cemetery, bringing peace to those who attended.

Well I observe this holiday as God has blessed our county and that head has given us people who are willing to die to serve our country, said Seaman

Just up the road in New Bern —– a parade was held on broad street.

”Were recognizing all the armed forces veterans, fallen and active duty, said Victor Taylor, Parade Chairman

Community members came out smiling and waving their flags. More than 60 groups signed up to be a part of the 3-mile route honoring our hero’s sacrifice.

I’m proud military and I know when I left out it was hard to separate from my family, but we had to go over there and protect our country, said Taylor

But on this Memorial Day…

If there’s a veteran out there who is gonna hear this that I wanna thank them for their service, said Seaman

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