By Jennifer BacchusMay 31, 2018
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- ANAD honored the lives of those interred at the McClellan Military Cemetery, as well as all fallen members of the U.S. military, during a May 24 ceremony.
"There is no price tag for that service," Col. Joel Warhurst, the ANAD commander said of those who gave their lives in battle. "The vast majority of our fallen came from humble beginnings with very humble aspirations."
This year's ceremony holds particular significance for the U.S. Army, as it continues its centennial commemoration of World War I.
"We we approach the century mark for the end of the war believed to be the war to end all wars, we are reminded of the true cost," said Warhurst. "It is our duty to remember."
The focus on WWI is poignant because of that war's relevance to Memorial Day.
Prior to WWI, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and was a time to visit the graves of those who died during the Civil War.
Following WWI, the day was expanded to honor all those who gave their lives for the U.S.
Its designation as a national holiday came in 1971.
Warhurst urged the crowd gathered to remember not only the fallen, but also their families.
"Today, we continue to honor those left behind, those who paid a very personal price for us and our nation - the families of the missing and the families who lost Soldiers to illness, injury and combat," he said.
Warhurst also mentioned many ways, including the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to reflect on and honor those who have died in service to our nation.
The McClellan Military Cemetery has 355 grave sites with 428 internments.
Following the ceremony, depot employees, Veterans and members of the military from various organizations throughout Calhoun County placed flags in front of each tombstone.