NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Driving past the Nashville National Cemetery, it’s impossible not to notice the flags.
“It’s kind of somber, just seeing all the flags, it really makes you appreciate everything that was lost,” said Michael Warren.
“This is my first time visiting the cemetery and it is absolutely amazing,” said April Marbury of Nolensville.
This Memorial Day weekend, nearly 40,000 flags stand at each grave, honoring a soldier who served and sacrificed.
“Clark was my best friend in high school,” said Robert Marbury.
“He served in Vietnam, silver star, captain,” April added.
“My grandmother and I were very close, she passed away a couple of years ago, so just to have a place to come and kind of memorialize,” said Caroline Morton.
This cemetery is almost full of veterans from the Civil War through the World Wars, Vietnam and Korea.
“My dad was in for almost 30 years and my mother was a captain in the army during the war and so they’re both buried here. We got a dog, sweet Maggy, that we’ve had for about two years, and she’s never met my parents, so we brought her out to say hello,” said Clyde Russell.
A was sacrifice laid under each tombstone, a penny on top.
“I set it on the stone and then this way it’s a reminder that you visited and if others come and see then they set their penny down also and they know that somebody else was there too and nobody was forgotten,” said Warren.
“We came here to see our great grandfather’s grave,” said Savannah and Sullivan Henson.
“I hope our younger generation will maybe come out here and see why we have the freedom we have. It’s just not my dad, it’s these other wonderful guys and gals that just really made a difference in my life, I know that,” said Betty King.
“I think we get really busy with not really recognizing Memorial Day and then you step into something like this, and you see how many people–women and men have died for us and our freedom. Thank you, thank you thank you,” said April Marbury.