Loved ones visit their heroes at local veterans cemetery

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — More than 11,500 veterans are at the Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.  On Monday, American flags can be found at the bottom of every headstone.

“You can be here today and gone tomorrow,” said William Bagwell.  

In a sea of patriotism there are stories etched for all to see.

“He was very dedicated to serving his country,” Bagwell added about his grandfather, Julius Bagwell.

Here you’ll find stories of bravery. Stories of heroism.

“For me to be sitting here it’s like I still have him close to me,” Bagwell said.

Julius Bagwell spent a combined 20 years in the Navy and Army.  Enlisted when he was only 18.

“One thing about him, he definitely loved serving his country,” Bagwell added.

Bagwell passed away when he was 61. His grandson William says he was a man who put others first.

“He made sure that was his life always being there for people to where sometimes he would forget himself,” Bagwell said.

There are stories of selflessness.  And of course stories of love.

“Oh baby, I love you so much,” Sharon Thornhill said to her husband. “Oh I miss you.”

Thornhill lost her husband four years ago.

“That’s Waverly Thornhill, III,” Sharon added. “I call him Pudgy. He was in the Navy.”

They may be separated, but still bound by an unbreakable bond.

“I know you are in heaven and your are resting,” she said to Waverly.

Thornhill spent time at Naval Station Norfolk-

“He loved working on the ship.”

Here you’ll find stories from spirits gone, but not forgotten.

“These guys and girls out here they would take their life for us to have a better life,” Thornhill said. “When you see this I believe we all should respect and just appreciate what each one has done for us.”

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