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On Friday at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest In a small corner of Fleming Loop Park, flags were displayed to pay tribute to fallen United States Armed Forces Members.  Also in attendance Friday was Carrie Cochrane was to honor two of her husband’s military friends, one of whom she never met but will never forget.

Cochrane said “Anytime we get to put it out there and let other people read his name and sent his beautiful family a nice thought, and well wishes, is a chance we like to take.” Each flag bears the name of a member of the military, each representing family members who will never forget the sacrifice of their loved ones.

On Friday Cassandra Cranston was able to pay tribute to her brother, who was killed by roadside bomb in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. He was 27-year-old and on his second tour overseas.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol will guard the Field of Flags throughout the weekend at Fleming Loop Park. By Monday, the entire field is expected to be filled with American flags honoring the fallen heroes. Bill Curley, a Vietnam veteran said “You never get over it. It’s in your heart. You never get over it, you think about it every day.”

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