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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Eyes filled with a sea of red, white and blue and ears filled with the sounds of patriotic pride, the feeling in Thomasville this Memorial Day is one of such respect, honor and deep appreciation.

For the 30th year, thousands of people came out to honor America's heroes at the Thomasville Memorial Day parade.

The parade, chock full of veterans, marching bands, beauty queens and cool cars, began at downtown's big chair and wound its way to Cushwa Stadium. There, there couldn't have been a dry eye in the house as Gov. Pat McCrory asked for a standing ovation for the "Gold Star Families," families who have lost a son or a daughter while serving our country.

"It's just a sad time and a happy time, too, because there are people out here who get it, who understand what we've been through," mom June Augusta said with tears in her eyes. Her son Erik was killed while serving in Iraq in 2007. "We just don't want anyone to forget, for our children to remembered and for their lives to not have been lived in vain."