A light breeze rustled the Stars and Stripes, hung at half staff as, with heads bowed, several hundred people prayed silently for the men and women who have given their lives for this country.
"We must never forget," U.S. Rep. Andy Barr said during the Memorial Day event at The Lexington National Cemetery, "that we are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave."
The national cemetery, just inside the gates of The Lexington Cemetery, has been the resting place for soldiers since 1861, when Union and Confederate troops were buried there. The Memorial Day event has been an annual tradition for decades.
John Kalbfleisch, a member of American Legion Man o' War Post 8 which put on the event, played Amazing Grace and taps on the harmonica.
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Kalbfleisch said he attends a lot of military funerals as part of the post's honor guard. He said the saddest were those with few people in attendance. He said all Americans who have served in the armed forces deserve to be honored. He thanked the crowd for doing that.
"You don't need to say anything," he said, "you don't need to say a word. You just need to be here."
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