Raleigh, N.C. -- The North Carolina House wants the state to remember why it honors Memorial Day.
The House unanimously passed a resolution Thursday honoring the military service members from the state who died in 2012 campaigns and all those from past wars. The resolution named 12 service members from North Carolina who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the last Memorial Day.
House lawmakers urged North Carolinians to recognize the role of the military in preserving fundamental rights such as free speech.
Rep. John Faircloth of High Point shared a story about a trip to France that made him realize how the sacrifices of American soldiers are appreciated abroad. He said he discovered a French family had been placing flowers on the graves of his family's soldiers for four generations.