2 solemn places to visit near Birmingham during Memorial Day weekend (see our special photo gallery)

Alabama Veterans Memorial
Over 11,000 names of Alabama’s veterans, from all branches of service, who died during active duty in 20th and 21st Century wars. The Alabama Veterans Memorial off exit 23 off I 459. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.https://www.alabamaveterans.org/the-memorial

Birmingham is blessed with two solemn places to visit during the Memorial Day weekend that honor our fallen American heroes. They are the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo and Alabama Veterans Memorial Park off exit 23 on I-459 adjacent to Vestavia Hills/Mountain Brook.

In honor of the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our nation, below is a photo gallery of these sacred places.

May we always remember.

Alabama National Cemetery

This coming Saturday, on May 26, at 9:00am there will be a Flag Placement Ceremony at the Alabama National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 am. The general public is encouraged to attend both of these moving events.

Alabama National Cemetery
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama Veterans Memorial Park

Nestled a half a mile off exit 23 on I-459 near Liberty Park, the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park is a quiet beautiful memorial. The 23 foot by 46 foot Hall of Honor displays the names of Alabama’s veterans, from all branches of service, who died during active duty in 20th and 21st Century wars. The wars include World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Names of over 11,000 Alabamians lost to war, of which 20% came from Jefferson County, are listed.

Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

 

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