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Aunt, nephew makes visiting cemetery a family tradition

(WMC-TV) - Parades and other activities continue this Memorial Day weekend as the Mid-South honors the many men and women who served our country.

An aunt and a nephew, make their annual visit to the national cemetery to place flowers at the grave of loved ones.

"My mother and father, my brother and his wife, my uncle and some cousins," said Katie Allen Carter, who visits the cemetery each year.

Katie Allen Carter says her father and uncle served during World War I. Her nephew, Earnest Allen, says his father served during World War II.

"They fulfilled their duties and the fact that they fulfilled their duties is enough in itself to be honored," said Earnest Allen.

So every Memorial Day, they get in their car and drive from one grave to the next. They also visit the graves of relatives buried at other Mid-South cemeteries.

"This has been a tradition ever since we were kids," said Carter. "Our parents, my mother used to make flowers and put on graves when we was little kids."

More than 40,000 graves are at the national cemetery. For Memorial Day each gets a flag, a thank you for a job well done.

It is a job that Earnest Allen know a lot about. He served in Vietnam in 1968.

And while these family members are getting older in age, they say every memorial day you will see them continuing this family tradition for as long as they can.

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