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Charleston's military history and how the fallen are remembered

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Its Memorial Day weekend a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the county. Among those are lowcountry sons and daughters and Charleston's fallen are forever remembered and revered.

The Natives

He was 19-years old serving in Vietnam in 1968. He and other Marines came under attack, when an enemy grenade was thrown into their bunker. The young Marine shouted a warning and jumped onto the explosive and absorbed its impact and saved the lives.

 The Charleston Native and Metal of Honor winner was Ralph H. Johnson, a fitting place for his name in the V.A. Medical Center in Charleston.

The center's Tonya Lobbnstal says, there is can be no better example. "He was a young man of great integrity who made the ultimate sacrifice and we certainly are so proud to bare his name here on at this Medical Center."

The Tradition

And Some of Charleston's fallen were educated at the Citadel, the public military College founded in 1842. The school's alumni include best selling authors, astronauts and politicians.

Its graduates also include those who died in battle; they have fought in every war since 18-47.They are remembered with building dedications and monuments on campus.

But maybe, the not so obvious, is the pride and humility shared by those past and present; a quiet confidence in knowing the efforts and sacrifices will eternally speak for themselves.

The Sacrifice

Then there is Magnolia Cemetery, resting near noted poets and novelists are 150-years of Charleston's wartime dead. The Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places. When it comes to the internment it's the Arlington of the Holy City, a hidden and sometimes forgotten gem of historic Charleston.

Navy Lieutenant Chris Simmons made his first visit to the cemetery on Friday. "This is a lot bigger than I expected it was going to be. To see them forever standing in ranks is very cool to me."

Some of the fallen seem to be woven into the landscape packed with live oaks and magnolia trees. Underground the 90 plus acre cemetery, is over 2-thousand Civil War dead and those from all the wars that followed.

Locally when it comes to honoring those lost in conflict-- some are placed into hallowed ground, some are given a fitting dedication, and others are members of an eternal and solemn club. Its how remembrance is forged in a city rich with military history.

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