On Memorial Day 2013, Operation Outreach spent the day traveling Kentuckiana remembering the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for our freedoms. Starting out at the Clarksville, Indiana War Memorial, then visiting the National Cemetery at Cave Hill in Louisville, Kentucky, and finally to the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, in Louisville, Kentucky (see the gallery for pictures taken throughout the day). It was a day of tears and triumphs, regretting and rejoicing. Most of all, it was a day of free flowing gratitude for the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. Operation Outreach talked with two families at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery whose stories stood out in our minds.
For the past 25 years, Pam Hinkle (far left) has visited her husband's grave at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery on Memorial Day. In her hand, a single red Rose to place on her late husband's grave. James Herbert Hinkle served in the United States Army in the Korean War. Mr. Hinkle survived the war. He died in 1988.
Mr. Hinkle's grandson (far right) will soon leave for the Marine Corp.
Richard Mouser's parents are both buried in a National Cemetery. Mr. Mouser's dad, Richard E. Mouser (United States Marine Corp.), is buried in New Albany, Indiana's National Cemetery. His mother, Elaine Mouser (United States Army), is buried at Zachary Taylor. Mr. Mouser paid his respects on Memorial Day even though he isn't getting around like he used to get around.
Operation Outreach talked with a lot of people this Memorial Day, some were visiting loved ones and some were just paying their respects to America's veterans. We would like to thank everyone that allowed us to talk with them about their loved ones. We are thankful for the sacrifices your family has endured.
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