A Florida metropolis devoted a bronze grave marker Saturday memorializing a local son who was killed in motion in Vietnam and whose burial spot was unmarked for 50 years.
An surprising crowd of 200 attended the dedication at Sundown Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale for Marine Pfc. Gregory Carter, who was 19 when he was killed by enemy hearth in Vietnam’s Quang Ngai province in 1969.
Anthony Owens informed the Florida Solar-Sentinel that after his brother was buried there was no extra reminiscence of him “till right this moment.”
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“It’s like he woke as much as the world once more,” Owens mentioned. “His life is significant. It means one thing.”
He informed the paper he didn’t anticipate so many individuals to indicate as much as honor his brother.
“It raised our spirits, huge time,” he mentioned.
The dedication featured a Marine coloration guard, a rifle salute and the enjoying of “Faucets.”
“PFC Gregory Carter made the final word sacrifice within the identify of freedom,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantils informed the group.
Carter graduated highschool and in January 1969 enlisted within the Marines.
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His tour of responsibility in Vietnam was reduce brief after simply three months.
The Vietnam Veterans of America found Carter was buried in an unmarked grave whereas monitoring down images of Vietnam vets for the black granite Wall of Faces in Washington, the Solar-Sentinel reported.
Ft. Lauderdale officers mentioned the grave was unmarked for 50 years for unknown causes.
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“When you die you’re simply misplaced till anyone thinks of you once more,” Owens informed the paper. “So his spirit might be throughout us proper now. It’s a very good factor. He’s doing good.”