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Memorial Day Ceremonies Honor the Fallen - John Dunn

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The weekend of remembrance continues across the mid-state as people honor the fallen. Memorial Day is not just a time to welcome the summer season, it's a time to pay respects.

The Battle of Stones River was fought more than 150 years ago, but time does not diminish the sacrifice of thousands. "A lot of people lost their lives for a cause that they believed in, their families sacrificed, along with them," says Marine Corps veteran Anthony Knox.
 
Anthony Knox is a Vietnam veteran. He says it took more than 20 years to heal from his battlefield experience, and the treatment he received when he came home. He has a deep appreciation for veterans. "I see what I should have seen back then, people coming to you, embracing you, shaking your hand, and thanking you for the service that you did," says Knox.

Memorial Day is also recognized at the state veterans cemetery on McCrory Lane. The names of service members who have died in the past year are read one at a time. "I think it's every citizens duty to stop and remember what they've done for our country," says cemetery director Joseph Lindsey.

Nina Ollis is here to honor her father who served in Korea. "I come every year on Memorial Day. I respect every one of these grave makers," says Nina Ollis.

Nina says when she looks over the graves, the word "freedom" comes to mind. "These graves go on and on and on, and I come out here every year, and it's like they add a new section," says Ollis.

The message from the people we talked to is simple -- remember those who've served, and honor the fallen who've sacrificed.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Nashville's National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. The cemetery is located at 1420 Gallatin Road South in Madison.

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