Louisville commemorates Memorial Day


by Adam Walser


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Somber crowds gathered on a beautiful Memorial Day at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We have a great crowd every year," Jim Wilcher said, who has worked at the cemetery for the past 27 years, tending the graves of those who died for freedom. "It's a resting place for some 14,000 veterans and their spouses."

Wilcher has seen crowds standing at attention during Memorial Day ceremonies.

He's also watched the painful, private moments of those who mourn recent deaths.

"You see loved ones that come out here and their heartbroken. Some of them come out after their loved one's been buried day after day," Wilcher said.

Lewis Ramsey was one of those people.

He visits the grave of his son James, a veteran who died 20 years ago.

"I come here often. I've come as late as two o' clock in the morning; was driving by. Felt guilty, turned around and came back just to visit for a few minutes," Lewis Ramsey said.

Many in attendance once got a dreaded knock on their door from officers in dress uniform, telling them of a death in battle.

"It happened to a lot of our families, including mine," said Michael Phelps, who attended the ceremony."They paid the price, especially those who died in combat. We should remember them."