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A 40-Year Tradition, One Sunset at a Time

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Marvin Hume helps lower the flag at Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ. (David Furst/NJPR)

Over 40 years ago, World War II veteran Martin Hume, 93, had friends in mind when he came up with the idea for a nightly flag ceremony. It was the start of a seasonal New Jersey tradition that continues to this day. It kicks off over Memorial Day weekend.

"I wanted to honor two of my best friends that I lost at Pearl Harbor," Hume said. 

The ceremony is held on Sunset Beach in Cape May, N.J., beginning 30 minutes before sunset. It runs every evening through September.

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