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Hometown Hero: Ron Pemberton

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If you've never been to a national cemetery, Ron Pemberton would like you to think about visiting  Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. It's by Mountain Creek Lake in southwest Dallas and it's the final resting place for some of America's military men and women and their eligible dependents.

Pemberton is the director of this national shrine but he prefers to be called a "caretaker." Since 2005 he's been in charge of the almost 640 acres and 30 employees.

On average, 16 military funerals are held there five days a week. They say they give the highest level of care to all military families and ensure that every grave is highly maintained.

Pemberton says DFW National is an important place to learn about the honor, service and sacrifice of America's service members.  He also thinks it's important for young people to understand that freedom isn't free.

A national cemetery is a shrine to military service. Ron Pemberton will retire this summer and he's looking forward to the next chapter in his life. He told me he will miss the hallowed ground of Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery; and says he knows he'll be back to visit the place where "everyday is Memorial Day."

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