Piedmont families visit Field of Honor to pay respect on Memorial Day

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Dozens of families stopped by the Carolina Field of Honor Monday to pay respect to the thousands of men and women who served in the armed forces.

“Even though it's still under construction you can envision just how beautiful it is,” said Eric Raescke, who stood outside the construction fence at the memorial site.

Rasecke was a third-class petty officer in the U.S. Navy and says the beauty of the eight-acre memorial goes far deeper than its waterfall and granite monuments.

“To come and for someone to say 'Thank you for every sacrifice that you've done,' it makes it all worth it.” Rasecke said.

Rasecke's name will be one of about 5,000 engraved on bricks that will lie in the memorial. More than half of the bricks will be dedicated to those who've died while serving.

“It's a healing process,” said Bill Moss, founder of the Carolina Field of Honor.

Moss is a Marine who fought in the Korean War.

“It's only fair that we pay tribute to the men and women for all the wars that have been fought over the years,” Moss said.

Those wars are briefly described on each of the monuments at the site.

It is a history lesson Moss and others stopping by to take pictures and pay their respects never want forgotten.

“It's honoring the veterans,” said Reenee Squires, who lives in Kernersville. “I think a lot of times veterans get left by the wayside.

“I can't wait for it to open,” Squires said.

The dedication ceremony for the Carolina Field of Honor will be held on May 31 at 7 p.m.