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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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