Cemetery Houses Hundreds of Unknown Soldiers

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- In the calm and quiet of the Staunton National Cemetery lie hundreds of soldiers.

For many of them, we do not know their names or where they are from.

To us, they are "Unknown Soldiers." And all we know is that they fought - and died - for their country.

On this Memorial Day, Kathy Kennedy and her son Kevin came to visit these graves.

"We're thanking the men - men and women - that fought for our country in all the wars," Kevin said.

They know the sacrifice better than a lot of us do. Kyran Kennedy, Kathy's husband and Kevin's father, died while serving in Iraq.

"We're very thankful for the men and women that fought for our freedoms, and we hope that our country continues to appreciate the freedoms we have," Kathy said. "It's not just about barbecues today, you know?"

Kennedy's husband is buried in Boston, but she says it is important to appreciate all of the troops, taking time also at the graves of the unknown soldiers.

"I can't imagine what it's like - being a military widow - not knowing what happened to my husband, not being able to bury him," she said.

Etched in stone here are the names of those who forever rest in this field. The cemetery may take up only a small corner of the land of the free, but it truly is the home of the brave.

Of the 749 soldiers originally buried at Staunton National Cemetery, 518 were unknown.

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