The men and women who fought and died for our country were remembered at Mobile National Cemetery Monday morning with a ceremony that included a flag lowering and rifle salute.
Among those on hand were many veterans, who remembered what it was like fighting for our country.
TOLLING OF A BELL
The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors and continued with the singing of the National Anthem.
The flag was at half-staff to honor the men and women who died for our country, followed later by the tolling of a bell.
The fallen members of each service branch were honored.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson was the guest speaker.
Stimpson said, “Years ago, General George S. Patton said, ‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
Among those on hand was Army Sergeant Harry Sims of Mobile, who fought in Korea.
Sims said, “We lost a lot of people. It deserves maybe not up like World War II but they certainly deserve everybody’s admiration.”
Army Veteran Gregory Greer served in Vietnam.
He still remembers how veterans of that war were received by some people when they returned home.
Greer said, “When I came back from Vietnam, I had to go outside of a hotel in a dumpster, change my clothes, put on some civilian clothes. They wouldn’t even give me a hotel room.”
Greer said he’s glad veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home to the respect and admiration of their fellow Americans.
When asked if things are different now, Greer, “Yes, they are, and I’m so glad to see all the other young boys come home and not have to go through what I went through.”