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Veterans honored in third annual Memorial Service

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George B. Barber served in World War II and the KoreanWar. George B. Barber served in World War II and the KoreanWar.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - In honor of Memorial Day, the third annual Veterans Memorial Service was held at the Miramar National Cemetery Sunday.

Beneath the flags you'll find thousands of stories and the brave men and women who lived them.

“Oh yeah sure, it comes back to ya all the time,” said George B. Barber.

We met Barber, a World War II veteran who at the age of 90 had us hanging on every word when it came to stories of the South Pacific.

“I was on a merchant ship as a navy gunner,” he said. “Bob Hope and Maralyn Maxwell was there.”

Barber's adventures didn't end when the axis surrendered.

“And then I got recalled to Korea and ended up on a ship named after my home town up in Washington State,” continued Barber.

There was also Gil Mendoza who graduated high school, went and fought in Korea, and was discharged - all before the age of 20.

“It's something that I would not like to go through over again, but I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience I got from that,” said Mendoza.

There's a lot of history here. But today, one person seemed to stand out.

“My wife is buried here, Mary, I come everyday to see her,” said Louis Semon.

For Vietnam veteran Louis Semon, this day and this place hold a special part of his heart. Not only are his fallen brothers buried here, but so is the love of his life.

“My wife retired from United Airlines, so the fighter jets fly over so I'm sure she's happy about that,” he continued.

Like many of the veterans, Semon came to this ceremony by himself. But being Memorial Day, how quickly things change.

“Oh it's wonderful seeing people come over to you and say thank you for your service. I say thank you to them. It's special. It's special day,” continued Semon. “Don’t forget our deceased veterans and veterans thaa are alive. They both sacrificed something. So if you see a veteran say thank you and that means a lot to them.”

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