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Hundreds of people are paying respects at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, where a ceremony was held Memorial Day morning.

The ceremony included a performance by the U.S. Army First Cavalry Division Band and an address from Lt. Sean MacFarland, the Commanding General at Fort Hood.

Since it opened 15 years ago, the cemetery has been a special place for many North Texans, with more than 48,000 veterans buried there, along with eligible dependents.

People of all ages attended the ceremony, including grandparents and parents who say events like these help teach others about our country and about freedom.

“It’s not something that is just given, it’s something that we earn because of the men and women who selflessly put themselves out there,” said Wendy Smith.

“We bring him out every year to remind him of what they do, how hey sacrificed their life, and why it’s important that we celebrate what they do for us,” said Sharon Zabloski of her 5-year-old son.

Event organizers say if you plan on visiting the grave sites only, you may want to come after 2 pm.

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