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The bell tolled 49 times Sunday afternoon—each chime representing a name of a fallen Brunswick County soldier.
From World War II to the recent global war on terror, names of the fallen soldiers who once called Brunswick County home were remembered Sunday in a somber ceremony in Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens.
The ceremony began with members of the West Brunswick High School JROTC raising the flag, followed by a traditional playing of “Taps,” and a gun salute by the Marine Corps League Honor Guard, detachment 1036 of Calabash.
Veterans in the crowd stood as their service’s anthem played over the loudspeaker in the park.
The event’s keynote speaker was Navy Cmdr. Harry Hartsell, who retired from active duty in 1989 after logging more than 4,600 flight hours and securing 750 aircraft carrier landings.
Hartsell remembered all fallen soldiers for their “commitment of their life and the willingness to loose it.”
“It is each of us who owe them respect,” Hartsell said.
“Again our nation has assembled to honor its heroic dead,” Nelson Anderson, of Calabash Post 503, added. “Their souls go marching on. It is because of them our nation lives.”
Shallotte Alderman Walt Eccard was pleased with the event.
“I thought it went off smoothly. We had a good crowd,” he said. “And I think most important of all, I just think it’s an appropriate thing to do as far as remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Anyone interested in organizing next year’s event is asked to contact Eccard at 755-7582.
Caroline Curran is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org