FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — Fort Rucker held a Memorial Day ceremony Friday morning to honor the men and women who gave their lives in defense of their nation.
As taps played, those in attendance at Veterans Park on post watched as a wreath was laid in remembrance of fallen soldiers.
“Our service members have always been willing to fight and, in some cases, die for our freedom and our nation,” Major Gen. William Gaylor said.
Gaylor, Fort Rucker’s commanding general, served as the guest speaker for the event and extended his gratitude to those present for helping with the ceremony.
“Thank you for being here with us today so that we can pay tribute to those in our armed forces who gave their lives so that we might live in freedom,” Gayler said. “I’d like to make a special welcome to the family members today who have lost a service member, and we know that without a doubt no one has given more than the sacrifices of our nation than you.”
McGwire Stanley is just one of many Gold Star family members in attendance who lost a loved one in battle.
His father passed away when he was only five years old.
Now at 17, he aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps in pursuing a career as a pilot.
“It’s really an honor,” Stanley said. “You know, it makes me really proud of my father and what he did. I get to carry on his legacy because (I’m) going into aviation myself.
“He took pride in what he did and for his country, and it gives me a lot of motivation to do that in everything I do whether it be sports or school … just to take pride in everything because everything’s a gift.”