MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) - Army soldiers fired a 21-gun salute before taps was sounded as nine cremated remains became the first to be buried in Alabama's newest veterans cemetery - the Alabama National Cemetery at Montevallo.
The remains of six veterans and three spouses were placed in the first of 1,000 spaces available for in-ground burial of cremated remains.
Steve Gillespie of Hueytown was among the first nine, having told his wife, Leslie, he wanted to be buried in the cemetery when he attended its dedication ab out a year ago.
Leslie Gillespie said her husband would have been so proud. She said he died on April 10.
Casket burials were scheduled to begin on Friday.
The state has two other national veterans cemetery - in Mobile and Phenix City.