NC Cemetery Service Will Honor Black War Veterans

A cemetery in western North Carolina will be the host of a Memorial Day observance to honor black veterans of United States wars.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the service Monday will be at Sunset Cemetery, were more than 350 black veterans are buried.

Service organizer Jesse Ray said the unique service will make sure people don't forget the role blacks played in wars dating back to the Civil War.

Ray is a funeral director and owner of the cemetery and said he has discovered graves of black service members that date as far
back as World War I.

The 11 a.m. service will feature a 21-gun salute and placement of United States flags on the graves.


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  • by Alex Location: To Hello on May 25, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    Who cares is most of them are black, they are heros and there need be no race distinction. Veteran is a plural meaning white black, latino asian, native whatever they are veterans. I am tired of it being cramed down my throat.
  • by To Gator on May 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    3 guns seven shots each= 21
  • by Gator Location: NC on May 25, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Witn: Is this cemetery an all black cemetery? And I am not sure, but who does actually rates a 21 gun salute. I thought it was a 3 gun salute.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 25, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    Could you just think of all protests there would be if this was the case. A cemetery in western North Carolina will be the host of a Memorial Day observance to honor White Veterans of United States wars? Enough said get the picture.
  • by Liza Location: Kinston on May 25, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    As long as any race singles out their own for recognition due to race only they are contributing to racism and division. They can say they want harmony all they want but I see that as lip service only. Their actions tell a different story than their lips. Why pick a cemetery with a concentration of any particular race? All should be honored equally. It should not be "black veterans" or "white veterans" or any other race of veterans. It should be "veterans" only. They are all honored by this white female American. I honor their willingness to serve, their love and devotion to our country and the sacrifices they made and continue to make to preserve MY freedoms and liberties--I honor these and their character--not the colors of their skin--that has nothing to do with it.
  • by aunt B Location: greenville on May 25, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    Here we go again! Instead of pulling the races closer ,it seems to me that we are more clearly defining the divide. Maybe it should be that way for all to be satisfied!
  • by Hello on May 25, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    Read the story folks, they're being honored because so many Black vets are buried there. Why must you all play the white-card everytime? And yes, sadly I'm white.
  • by Lisa Location: Plymouth on May 25, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    I agree, A VET IS A VET. What does color have to do with anything. Every time I look at the news, there's something for Black this, Black that. It seems to me the Black people want to have everything seperated like it use to be. Let white people try to have a White memorial service only and see what happens. Some people just can't let go of the past. This world would be a better place. Thank you to all who have fought for this country and who are still fighting for us , I don't care what color you are. You are still HERO'S.
  • by Bob on May 25, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Can't just be a veteran, they have to be a black veteran. I wonder why people get tired of their causes?
  • by Josh Location: gville on May 25, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    I agree, I honor all vets, why must we single a particular race, This is getting so old now.
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