Ceremony in Radcliff honors country's fallen soldiers

RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds gathered at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central on Monday to remember all of the service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

David Greenwell visits his brother, Joseph, every Memorial Day, but since 2014 he has had to visit him at the cemetery. "Don't wanna be here but I want to come and visit him, thank him for his service. Thank all the veterans for their service," Greenwell said.

Greenwell said his brother was in the Navy for more than 20 years, and died unexpectedly of a heart attack after he retired.

Just up the hill from Joseph's headstone, a group of service members' family and friends watched and listened intently to a 45-minute ceremony honoring everyone who served and gave their life for this country.

"Memorial Day is about remembering," said BG John Evans, the ceremony speaker. "Remembering the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation."

Howard Gleason, Ceremonies and Events Specialist for the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, has helped with the ceremony for more than 10 years and said every year is special. "I know there are a lot of folks that their family members are buried in other places," he said. "They can't go and see them today. So it's great to have this here for our service."

The ceremony consisted of a flag-folding presentation explaining why there are 13 folds, a 21-gun salute, a POW-MIA table, wreath laying and Taps.

The crowd was filled with people from every generation including 100-year-old veteran Wilbur Crick. Crick retired from the Air Force in the 1980s and said the ceremony brings back a flood of memories.

"You have many friends in the service that you don't have anymore," Crick said. "When you get to be 100 as I am, you don't have any of your old friends. So it's a little bit on the sad side."

The ceremony was one of dozens held across the state.

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