American Legion Post 308 held a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at the Littleton Veterans Memorial in downtown Littleton on Sunday afternoon. 

Representatives from the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum, which will open in Littleton this summer, were on hand along with other veterans and local supporters. 

The ceremony included the lowering of the American, North Carolina and POW flags by veterans, and a patriotic-themed wreath-laying to honor fallen servicemen and women.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered flags lowered to half-mast "in remembrance of our fallen soldiers, and their dedication and commitment to freedom, independence, and the spirit of patriotism."

The governor's proclamation noted that North Carolinians have proudly served the country since the American Revolution and more than 13,700 North Carolinians died defending the United States in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq.