Hundreds gather to remember Vietnam hero 50 years later in Fort Lauderdale memorial

Anthony Owens remembers that knock at the door 50 years ago when U.S. Marines delivered the news that his brother Gregory Carter had been killed in Vietnam.

“My mama just dropped her head and after they buried him there was no more memory, until today,” he said at a ceremony to mark Gregory Carter’s grave with a brass and granite headstone at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fort Lauderdale.

“It’s like he woke up to the world again,” Owens said. “His life is meaningful. It means something.”

An estimated 200 people attended the ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the cemetery at 3201 N.W. 19th St. The turnout caught him a little off guard.

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