MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WIAT) – 2,100. That’s the number of of service members who have been laid to rest at the Alabama Veterans Cemetery since it opened in 2008.
But not every one of these former service men and women will be visited by loved ones this memorial day. That’s where the support committee for the Alabama National Cemetery comes in.
Their volunteers with the support of local scouts place a flag on every grave. They read the names aloud and in most cases say a small prayer.
It’s a very simple way to honor the deceased for their sacrifices which have helped secure the freedom we have today.
Renee Etheredge is one of dozens of people taking part to ensure no one buried or inurned on the grounds is forgotten.
“It has a lot of meaning to me. I’ve lost family members in service and I appreciate what they do for us.”