Man who previously destroyed NC graves pays respects

Tirron Omar Bright
Tirron Omar Bright

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Headstones demolished by an admitted drunk driver have been replaced at the National Cemetery in Wilmington, but the man who destroyed them decided to pay his respects on Veterans Day.

Tirron Omar Bright faced charges after crashing into and destroying part of the wall surrounding the Wilmington National Cemetery near 20th and Princess streets, as well as two headstones.

Other stones were damaged, but were able to be repaired.

Bright was charged with DWI and hit and run.

“I don’t know what happened,” Bright said during an interview from jail in August.

The 23-year-old showed remorse as he talked about the incident.

Bright paid his respects on Veterans Day by placing flowers on each of the headstones that he destroyed.

“It bothered me,” Bright said. “I woke up and something told me to go out there. That’s one of the reasons I came out on Veterans Day, to set the flowers down because if it was my family member out here I would be bothered as well.”

After the incident Bright has done everything he can to turn his life around, including attending alcohol and drug awareness programs.

“It’s been life-changing, it’s slowed me down, and I’ve stopped drinking, I was really depressed for a while and was beating myself up,” said Bright.

According to Bright, the easiest thing he can do is admit he was wrong and try to make amends.

“When you are wrong – you are wrong, and you have to do whatever you can to make it right,” Bright added.

Bright has been in touch with Veteran Affairs to see if he can rebuild the brick wall he destroyed as he has experience with masonry work.

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