Fallen veterans honored at Miramar National Cemetery

SAN DIEGO - Local veterans who died serving our country were honored at Miramar National Cemetery on Sunday.

Ed and Linda Miller brought a bouquet of flowers to honor their loved ones who served our country but have since passed on.

On Miller's t-shirt was a tribute to his father who died serving in World War II when Miller was just 2 years old.

"He was killed at Guadalcanal Oct. 14, 1942," he said. "I know someday I'll get to see my dad."

It was an emotional day for many people who gathered at the cemetery for the 3rd annual Memorial Day event.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band played patriotic music as one of many tributes to the thousands of local veterans killed in the line of duty.

Since it opened in 2010, the cemetery is the resting place for more than 3,000 fallen service members. It is now one of the busiest cemetery complexes in the nation now that Fort Rosecrans has reached capacity.

"This is going to pick up all the veterans and family members that we can't service at Fort Rosecrans," said Brad Phillips, who is with the National Cemetery Administration.

After the ceremony, friends and loved ones of the fallen placed flags and flowers at the veterans' grave sites.

Earl Brown says it is important for him to keep the tradition alive and to always remember those who are gone but never forgotten.

"It's my opportunity to pay respects to them in the hopes that maybe someone will pay respects to my generation," he said.

There will also be a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at Fort Rosecrans.

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