|CONGRESSMAN BACHUS REMARKS AT GROUNDBREAKING FOR ALABAMA NATIONAL CEMETERY|
MONTEVALLO – Congressman
Years from now, Linda and I hope to bring our grandchildren to this site. They will doubtless ask: “Grandy, who is buried here?” As a young man I would have responded "Soldiers” and “Veterans” and talked of their Service. It might have ended there. Now I will start by telling them that those are the graves of Fathers and Mothers, Sons and Daughters, Husbands and Wives, Brothers and Sisters, Grandparents, maybe a favorite Uncle or Cousin, a high school buddy or a College Roommate, a best friend or a favorite childhood playmate. I will talk about their sacrifice, bravery and patriotism. I will tell them it is about respect and honor. But most of all I will tell them it’s about Love, our love for them and more importantly, their love for us. How much we loved them and how much they loved us. A love that is deep and abiding. A bond that is sacred and eternal. This cemetery is a living testimony to that Love. I know they will not fully understand. But one day, when they are much older, they will.
Today’s groundbreaking clears the way for construction of the first 45-acre phase of the new veterans cemetery which, when fully completed, will stretch over 479 acres in the
Congressman Bachus worked to secure a federal investment of more than $26 million in the veterans cemetery, including $18.5 million for construction contained in the 2008 federal budget. The need for the cemetery was established by a report to Congress that found that more than 200,000 veterans in the