HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This Memorial Day, members of the Huntsville community gathered at Glenwood Cemetery to pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“Freedom is the most precious thing that I can think of,” said James Heyward, a member of the Urban Emphasis Scout Leaders Council, who sponsored the 7th annual Memorial Day ceremony.
Among the graves of the servicemen who went before them, veterans and community members offered tribute.
“We want to always honor and recognize those persons who gave so much for us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Many of us take it for granted, but we don’t want to do that,” said Heyward.
Lieutenant Colonel Felicia Carter, of hte U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, addressed the crowd of veterans and family members.
It is the 7th year the council has hosted a memorial day ceremony at Glenwood Cemetery.
Two-hundred American flags were placed at the gravestones of soldiers who served even when our country was split by the Civil War.
Another 800 were placed at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Each flag, each gravestone is a reminder of what our nation has been through. and at what cost.
“Veterans wrote a blank check, and sometimes it was filled in with their lives. We don’t want to forget that.