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Hundreds turn out for Carolina Field of Honor’s Memorial Day service

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Hundreds turned out to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the Carolina Field of Honor's Memorial Day service.

"I can still see him coming home and I would run to jump in his arms," said Sarah Hudson, recalling her brother Edward Hastings. He died after being shot down over Yugoslavia in WWII. Delayed letters home to her mother continued after her brother was declared missing in action.

"We would get letters from him and cry because [my mother] knew he was missing," she said. "I would sit down and cry with her."

Hudson is just one of many family members who said they never miss a chance to remember those who never came home.

"I laid on the battlefield for 18 hours," said Doc Long, a 92-year-old WWII veteran who served under General George S. Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. "It had snowed on the battlefield the night before."

Long was wounded in France and received a Purple Heart for his injuries that left him paralyzed.

Each year, attendance at the Memorial Day ceremony grows at the Carolina Field of Honor. The memorial, which opened in 2014 at Triad Park, is the largest to honor veterans on the East Coast outside of Washington, D.C.