First Veteran Laid to Rest at Spanish Fort Memorial Cemetery

First Veteran Laid to Rest at Spanish Fort Memorial Cemetery

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The first burial ceremony was held Friday morning at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.

Leo Carpenter is the first veteran to be laid to rest there. Carpenter served in the Navy, first enlisting as a teenager and then later he spent 17 years in the Alabama National Guard.

"It is an amazingly proud day for me and my family, knowing that dad is this close to home and that he is the very first one to be here. And this is what today is about is to honor dad," said Billy Carpenter, Leo's son. "He did what his generation would do which is get in the military and serve their country and work hard."

Carpenter died last Saturday. He was 81 years old.

"We were planning on opening today. We had a few candidates who were interested. He was the one that had all the proper credentials at the time," said Joe Buschell, Assistant Director for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.

The new veteran's cemetery sits on 22 acres of land and has more than 2000 burial plots. The cemetery is doing registration for families wishing to have loved ones buried there.

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