Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy said that there are 22,000 people buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
And Memorial Day is an annual day set aside to celebrate those that gave their lives in service to the United States military.
“I honor and fully believe in them,” said Lundy, the commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. “I truly appreciate what they did.”
But Lundy said honoring those who have fallen should not just be restricted to a single day once a year.
He said their service and sacrifice should be honored year round.
After the posting of the colors, the national anthem and invocation, Lundy laid a wreath at the grave of Henry Leavenworth. Several other military groups did the same.
Todd Hollis played taps at the conclusion of Monday’s ceremony, followed by the retirement of the colors.
Numerous local officials and military personnel and their families were in attendance at the event on the military installation.
Several groups took part in the ceremony, including the 500th Military Police Detachment, 35th Infantry Division Band, Munson Army Heath Center, Special Troops Battalion, 15th Military Police Brigade, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.