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Memorial Day's Meaning to Families of Fallen Service Members


OCEAN CITY, MD. -- Ocean City turned red, white and blue Memorial Day weekend with hundreds of flags raised throughout the town in honor of fallen service men and women.

While thousands of travelers visited the beach for a sunny day of fun, many are still thinking of their loved ones. The ones who served their country well and made the ultimate sacrifice in the end.

For Beverly Bolt-King of Waldorf, Md., Memorial Day is extremely special.

"I lost all three of my brothers within a five-year span. I had two that served in the military, one that served in the air force, one that served in the navy. The one thing that they always did was they lived," said Bolt-King who also works for the United States Navy.

Memorial Day also holds special meaning to army veteran John Granite of the Ocean City American Legion, whose father and uncle both served in World War II.

"My father served in the navy during WWII. He was in the service in the early 40s when I was learning how to walk. Fortunately, he came back. I had an uncle that served in Germany that didn't make it back," said Granite.

For the millions who have died in combat fighting for America, Bolt-King and Granite say the most important thing families who are left behind can do is celebrate their lives and the times they had together.

"What we do to remember them is we try to make each day memorial. We want to remember them and we know that they would want us to enjoy," said Bolt-King.

"It's very special to everybody in the legion. It's like our commander said this morning, 'every day we honor veterans, not just Veterans Day or Memorial Day, but we honor veterans every day,'" said the army veteran on the eve of America's 147th Memorial Day.

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