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Spontaneous Memorial Day ceremony honored veterans

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WAKE FOREST — An impromptu and unplanned Memorial Day ceremony broke out Monday when a group of people showed up to pay respects at the Wake Forest Veterans Memorial, even though the official ceremony had been canceled.

About 50 people had gathered at the site by 11 a.m., according to Rich Héroux, chairman of the committee that plans the official event each year.

The group decided to hold a ceremony, which included a benediction, the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Several speakers shared what Memorial Day means to them. Taps was played and the event ended with a closing prayer.

It lasted about 30 minutes.