Memorial Day ceremony honors nearly 6,000 service men and women at local cemetery
ANDERSON, Ind. (May 25, 2015) – Large American flags line the entrance and streets inside the Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery. The flags are easily visible to passing drivers, reminding everyone what Memorial Day is really about.
Inside the cemetery smaller flags mark the graves of service men and women. It is the final resting place for nearly 6,000 veterans. Every Memorial Day the cemetery staff organizes a ceremony to those honor military members past and present.
“This is the first time I’ve been home for a Memorial Day celebration and I am just overwhelmed out here at the memorial cemetery, all the flags and the respect and the dedication they have for the veterans,” said Connie White, a U.S. Army veteran.
White served in the Army for 20 years. She was inspired by her late father, a WWII veteran who spent 30 years in the Army.
“He jumped into Normandy during the war and came up behind the enemies during the war and everything and I said I’m following in my father’s footsteps,” said White.
Her father is buried in the cemetery along with three other family members who all served in the military. White beamed with pride and became choked up as she talked about her family and their combined 122 years of military service.
“It’s just so awesome to be an American and to have served my country I am so proud to have served my country,” said White.
She was also touched by the 400 large flags that decorate the entrance and line the streets. These special flags were given to the families of military members during funerals then the families donate them to the cemetery. The flags are displayed for about a week leading up to Memorial Day.
Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 6805 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.