Memorial Day: Thousands across the Carolinas pay tribute to those lost

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Americans around the country gathered together this Memorial Day to pay tribute to loved ones they lost in battle. And thousands of people across the Carolinas took time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to have our basic freedoms.

In Huntersville, hundreds marked Memorial Day at Veterans Park. This year’s celebration was special, as it was the first in two years since last year’s ceremony had to be held virtually because of the pandemic.

There was plenty of red, white and blue in the crowd and the ceremony featured music and a moment of silence for those who have died.

“Someone paved the way for me, and I want to be here for those that made a way for us,” Shawn Caldwell told Channel 9.

There were also memorial services Monday in other local towns, including Indian Trail and Waxhaw.

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