Confederate Memorial Service Held at Thornrose Cemetery - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Confederate Memorial Service Held at Thornrose Cemetery

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Dozens of people came out to a Staunton cemetery Sunday afternoon for a Confederate memorial service.

The group gathered around the Confederate monument at the Thornrose Cemetery to remember soldiers that sacrificed their lives for our country.  The normally quiet cemetery was full of live music and drum rolls Sunday afternoon.

Memorial music was performed on bagpipes and there were living history portrayals of generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. During the ceremony Civil War re-enactors waved the flag of the old south.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy put together the annual event. It was a chance for guests to remember, learn and reflect. Eleanor Price, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, says it's important to remember the soldiers because of all they went through.

"These were the boys that suffered in the hospitals and they may have been wounded one day but suffered without anesthesia, without pain medicine for sometimes months before they died," she said.

Those in attendance honored the 1,700 soldiers and 77 unknowns buried at the site. The re-enactors closed the ceremony with a rifle and cannon salute.

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