Thousands pack military cemetery in Rittman to honor troops on Memorial Day

Posted at 3:36 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 16:27:01-04

On a sun-splashed afternoon, so many people showed up on this Memorial Day to remember loved ones, it created a traffic jam at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

The father of Wilson Lathan's Jr., a 30 year Navy veteran, lived to be 98 years old.

Wilson Lathan Sr. spent 30 years in the Navy serving in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.

"Memorial Day is a day to honor our soldiers that participated in the wars to save this country, kept us safe and sound," said Lathan.

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Others came to honor the memory of those they served with, like in Vietnam, comrades that are now gone.

Nicole Wilson brought her children to lay flags at veterans' tombstones to teach them about the meaning of Memorial Day.

They seemed to get the message.

"Say prayers to the soldiers that died for us, and saved our country, so we can have freedom,” said seven-year-old Tyler Wilson.

"Well I think it's important for them to know the meaning of Memorial Day and there are soldiers who died who give us freedom,” said Nicole Wilson.

The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman is open daily dusk to dawn for those who want to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.