Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

Alabamians gathered at the Veterans Cemetary in Spanish Fort for a somber ceremony honoring those servicemen and women who are no longer with us.

Around 85 people were in attendance this morning- including numerous veterans. 105-year-old World War II Veteran Major John Jacobson was met with a standing ovation as he entered the venue. Jacobson served under General Patton and he was wearing his own original uniform from WWII at today’s ceremony.

Bradley Byrne is no stranger to military sacrifice. His brother, Dale Byrne, is buried at Arlington South. Bradley Byrne spoke at today’s ceremony and admits that some American’s miss the mark when it comes to this holiday.

Barry Booth, an active member of the veteran community, says they are grateful for all of the support they get.

However, Vietnam veteran Jim Jefferies says that as far as veteran support goes a lot of has changed since he served 40-years-ago.

The ceremony was a somber one that included ceremonial events such as the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem, the 21-gun salute and the Presentation of the Colors.

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