Families honor their heroes on Memorial Day

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 6:30 PM

DALLAS — Each headstone at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery represents a hero — a man or a woman who put country first and made their family proud.

Cpl. Jessie D. Nutt, a Marine from Mesquite, is better known to his family as "Papa."

On this Memorial Day, Nutt's kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have made the hour-long trip from Canton to place roses at his grave and remember his sacrifice.

According to his daughter, Kim Stevenson, Nutt is a man who fought in Korea by choice.

"His brother got drafted and he said, 'I'm not going to let him go alone,'" she recalled. "Dad managed to get out without getting hurt; he says he dodged bullets for four years."

"He was nice to me and always told good stories," said Nutt's great-granddaughter, Emily Stevenson. It's those memories she clings to; Her Papa died in 2011, after a life devoted to the military. She said sometimes she dreams about great-grandfather. It makes her, simply, "happy."

Nutt is his grandson's hero, too. Jacob Nutt, 18, tells News 8 he is enlisting in the Navy to honor his grandfather's memory.

"All of it," he says. "My whole decision is based on him. I hope he is [proud]."

And on this Memorial Day, as families father around the graves of their loved ones, it is a message this military family hopes we all carry... long after the holiday has passed.

"Never forget," daughter Kim said. "Never forget those that took care of you, raised you, and loved you."

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