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Santa Fe National Cemetery holds annual Memorial Day Ceremony

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Santa Fe National Cemetery held a special Memorial Day ceremony, and people showed up to pay their respects. There are more than 65,000 graves at the cemetery. Volunteers spent the weekend decorating each one with an American flag meant to connect the past with the present.

For some visitors, there’s a deeper connection to those buried in the national ceremony. “We came to see our parents. Both, my wife’s father is here, and my mother and father up on the hill and I have grandparents here also. I have a bunch of cousins. We come every year for Memorial Day to come and see them and pay honor to them,” said Clarence Herrera.

For others, it’s not just about paying respect but teaching what the day means to younger generations. “We like to honor our veterans and show our appreciation for the life we’re able to live. and for… to teach the little ones what it’s all about too,” said Roberto Italiano.

The ceremony included time-honored traditions like the posting of the wreath, a three-volley salute, and the playing of taps.

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