KEAVY, Ky. (WYMT) - An annual Memorial Day weekend service was held in Laurel County today at Locust Grove cemetery in Keavy. A retired Air Force Colonel was the guest speaker.
Memorial Day gives us time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, but some veterans in Laurel County say they never forget our fallen members of the military.
ROTC members and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 158 were at the Memorial Day ceremony at Locust Grove Cemetery in Keavy.
"It's inspiring to say the least," said Jeff Jones, a Navy veteran.
"It's a fitting memorial to remember those who passed on, either through combat or even through old age. They served and they deserve a fitting memorial to mark their passing and commemorate their service," said Dale Alan Prewitt, a veteran of the Navy.
The guest speaker was retired Air Force Colonel Steve Parker, who says the freedoms Americans enjoy are thanks to those who serve.
"Thanksgiving is a holiday where we say thanks for things we have. I think this is a day where we say thanks to those who fought for the things we have," said retired Colonel Parker.
A veteran of the Air Force, Charles Hayes, says he knew at least 18 people who died in service and says every day is like Memorial Day to him.
"We never forget. We always remember. The ones we left behind, the ones who didn't make it back," Hayes said.
More than 400 veterans are buried at Locust Grove Cemetery. All of their names were read aloud to conclude the service. There was also a playing of "taps."
A Memorial Day service is held at Locust Grove Cemetery every year.