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Eagle Point National Cemetery visitors reflect on Memorial Day

Crowds gathered today at the Eagle Point National Cemetery to pay respects for loved ones on Memorial Day. Visitors came in droves with bouquets of flowers, pictures and American flags to leave at the grave sites.

Frosty Johnson, a combat veteran came to the cemetery to visit a fallen veteran who did not have family. When Michael Umscheid was laid to rest, Johnson was asked to accept the flag in his honor and now keeps a promise to make sure he is not forgotten and now often visits him.

For Johnson, Memorial Day is often sad, but he says it’s important to be observed.

For Michael Brackett, Memorial Day is a day to reflection and remember those who meant something to you. Brackett came with his family to visit his grandparents who are buried at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

“To visit their grave site, it does something to evoke emotion and just connects you to them and their spirits. It’s just a meaningful experience,” he says.