CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte high school community took time to remember the lives lost in the Vietnam War Friday.

Garinger High School lost 15 service members during the war. Those heroes were honored with a memorial service and a monument Friday.

Ten families of the 15 men were in attendance at the dedication. A stone monument now stands in front of the school with the names of men etched into it.

Wayne Williams' brother James was honored in the memorial. His plane disappeared in action back in 1967 and was found in the mid-90s. Williams says his brother's sacrifice will not be forgotten.

"With this dedication his memory will live on. We both went to Garinger High School here and I know that he would be very proud that his name and his memory is being carried on, that we can have a free and wonderful life here in America because of those that have sacrificed so much," said Williams.

In addition to the monument, 15 $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Garinger graduates back in May in honor of these 15 men.

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