Fort Benning honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Fort Benning honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

(Source:WTVM) (Source:WTVM)

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Across the country, citizens are taking time to honor the sacrifice given by members of the U.S. military who died in combat.

This recognition comes from a tradition, born just years after the Civil War, which transformed over the decades into a national day of observance. Monday morning, the men and women at Fort Benning are doing their part to honor their fallen family members on Memorial Day.

The poignant ceremony took place at the Main Post Cemetery, where hundreds of soldiers, both men, and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of this country now rest.

Among those in attendance were top brass on the post, Gold Star families, veterans and local lawmakers. Fort Benning's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, spoke to the audience about today's recognition and the legacy of the fallen.

"Memorial Day can be a difficult time for many," he said. "Although [the fallen] are no longer with us today, we have every reason to be inspired by their service, dedication, their leadership, and most importantly, their patriotism."

What is now called Memorial Day was formally observed in 1868, as Decoration Day. At that time, families and veterans decorated the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.

It is believed that Memorial Day, declared a federal holiday in 1971, happens each May because those honoring soldiers thought flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The flowers and flags now laid before these tombstones are tokens of eternal gratitude."I am very thankful for the path they laid for me," Maj. Gen Brito said. "[They are] men and women who have served their country dutifully and helped shape our proud identity."

Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • #BREAKING: Firefighters battle house fire in Seale, AL

    #BREAKING: Firefighters battle house fire in Seale, AL

    Sunday, August 19 2018 9:53 PM EDT2018-08-20 01:53:02 GMT
    News Leader 9 is on the scene of a house fire in Russell County this evening. Salem fire crews are working to control a house fully involved on 18 E-And-W Drive in Seale. That's just off of Uchee Hill Hwy. No word on any injuries or if anyone was inside the home when the fire started.  This is an active scene, we will continue to bring you the latest developments. More >>
    News Leader 9 is on the scene of a house fire in Russell County this evening. Salem fire crews are working to control a house fully involved on 18 E-And-W Drive in Seale. That's just off of Uchee Hill Hwy. No word on any injuries or if anyone was inside the home when the fire started.  This is an active scene, we will continue to bring you the latest developments. More >>
  • Top Stories on 9: Week in Review

    Top Stories on 9: Week in Review

    Sunday, August 19 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-08-20 01:48:14 GMT
    Construction on Veterans Parkway that began in 2014 is expected to be completed on Aug. 31.Construction on Veterans Parkway that began in 2014 is expected to be completed on Aug. 31.
    Construction on Veterans Parkway that began in 2014 is expected to be completed on Aug. 31.Construction on Veterans Parkway that began in 2014 is expected to be completed on Aug. 31.

    If you missed the top stories this week, do not worry News Leader 9 has you covered. This past week Harris County has had to say goodbye to a close faculty member, more crime-stopping in local areas and even some national. Here is a quick look at some of the top stories from this week:

    More >>

    If you missed the top stories this week, do not worry News Leader 9 has you covered. This past week Harris County has had to say goodbye to a close faculty member, more crime-stopping in local areas and even some national. Here is a quick look at some of the top stories from this week:

    More >>
  • Sen. Doug Jones made a stop in AL and shares thoughts on economy

    Sen. Doug Jones made a stop in AL and shares thoughts on economy

    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-08-19 23:28:04 GMT
    Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)
    Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)

    Traveling across the state, U.S. Senator Doug Jones made a recent stop to support democrat Brian McGee, who's running for House District 38. In his first visit back to East Alabama since winning December's special election,

    More >>

    Traveling across the state, U.S. Senator Doug Jones made a recent stop to support democrat Brian McGee, who's running for House District 38. In his first visit back to East Alabama since winning December's special election,

    More >>
Powered by Frankly