Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-05-31 23:14:47 –
Jessamine County, Kentucky (LEX 18) — A small private ceremony on Monday honored service and sacrifice at the final detention site at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
“They had honor and integrity,” said Maj. Gen. Donald Storm (Ret.). “Sincerity to do the right thing when everyone is looking and to do the right thing when no one is looking.”
Maj. Gen. Storm, who has a 37-year career including serving as Kentucky Deputy General, was the keynote speaker for the event.
“Memorial Day was intended to be shared by all Americans, at least symbolically, in the collective form of sorrow,” he said.
Last week, hundreds of volunteers came to Camp Nelson to raise the American flag in front of all the graves.
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Storm states that war is often described as “big numbers, big numbers, complex concepts that erase the personalization of those who fought.”
But he said walking on the grounds of the cemetery reminded him of the heavy victims of the war.
“It makes these wars very, very personal.”
Although the cemetery has a long history (formerly used as a Union training ground during the Civil War), visitors are reminiscent of recent conflict victims.
“There are 121 Kentucky soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terrorism,” said Maj. Gen. Storm. “Six people are buried here in Camp Nelson.”
The war on terrorism, which began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
“Today, there are men and women in uniforms born after 9/11 to protect our country,” said Maj. Gen. Storm. “Thousands of Americans were lost or destroyed in the war on terror. Without knowing the time of peace, the whole generation grew up.”
The Central Kentucky Veterans Commission plans to hold a full ceremony with the general public on Veterans Day.