Jacksonville Memorial Day ceremony pays tribute to 350 veterans

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Hundreds of people gathered Monday morning in Jacksonville to pay tribute to those who have passed in the last year in Onslow County. 

The Beirut Memorial Chapter 642 Military Order of the Purple Heart conducted their tenth annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. 

The names of area veterans who passed away since May 2018 were read aloud. 

On the list was 350 names of veterans of any military branch. 

The ceremony included the color guards, the rifle volley, and the playing of the taps. 

Veterans say Memorial Day is not just about fallen soldiers, but those from decades ago. 

“We’re talking from 1919, in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and everything in between. So we’ve lost a lot of brother and sisters on both ends,” said veteran Alexander Nevgloski. 

Organizers say they believe this is the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Eastern N.C.

Sgt. Major Grant Beck says the list of the fallen in Onslow County keeps growing every year. 

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