Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – On this Memorial Day, Governor Gary Herbert and many others paused to thank our military men and women for their commitment to our country.
Fort Douglas Cemetery was the setting for a solemn reminder that freedom isn’t free.
The ceremony attracted those who have put it all on the line, like World War II veteran Robert Murdoch.
“Every thing about it just touches my heart,” said Murdoch.
And, those who may in the future.
“Our veterans do a great part in protecting our country, and I would like to thank them in some sort of way,” said Dayman Ault.
Thanking our veterans, it’s bringing Utahns together for a common cause.
“We cease our political discourse, we set aside our religious differences and we unite in honoring those spoken of,” said Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt.
The flag was at half staff for those spoken of, because they paid the ultimate price.
“We may not be wearing the uniform, we may not be called upon to lay down our lives, but we ought to live our lives so as to never forget,” said Governor Gary Hebert, (R) Utah.
Murdoch will never forget, and hopes he has the chance to come out and remember for years to come.
“I’m very proud that I served, and I’m very thankful for the good health that I’ve had to keep going.”
Fort Douglas Cemetery was established back in 1862. It is the final resting place for soldiers from every major war since the Civil War, it is also now an official national cemetery.