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In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a national holiday, but veterans have long been remembering their fallen friends. Since the end of the Civil War, flowers have been laid at the gravestones of soldiers lost in battle.
On Monday, Post 1179 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held their ceremony at Grove Hill Cemetery. As tradition holds, they planted flags at the headstones of all former soldiers, had a 21-gun salute and played "Taps" as a salute to their bravery.
Col. Philip Miller, the chief of staff of the Kentucky Army National Guard, was the guest speaker.
He reminded those in attendance not to take their freedom for granted.
“The one reason we are the land of the free,” he said. “Is because we are indeed the home of the brave.”