Soldiers at Ft. Knox honor those who died serving their country

RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of people spent Memorial Day at Fort Knox honoring those who died serving their country.

"It's our responsibility, our honor, our duty to remember these remarkable Americans," said Maj. Gen. David Mann of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Ft. Knox has lost nine soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, five just this year.

"We must also honor those who are currently serving in harm's way and the families that they leave behind," said Mann in his speech.

Maj. Alexander Simmons was in the audience. He has been at Ft. Knox for about a year.

"I have to, to remember the sacrifices of those these men have served with me and those friends and comrades I have lost," said Simmons. "So coming here is very important to me."

He attended the event with his wife. They also brought their two small children to try and teach them about Memorial Day.

"It's not just a day off, not just a day from school, but it's a day you remember those who sacrificed to give us the freedoms we now in turn get to enjoy," said Simmons.

The annual ceremony moved to the new human resources building, which is the largest administrative building in the Commonwealth.

Ft. Knox has a population for 41,000 people--12,000 of whom are in the army.

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