6-year-old boy honors his father at the Alabama National Cemetery

(Kaitlin McCulley, WIAT-TV CBS42 News)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369692299&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&pl_id=21958&show_title=1&va_id=4073607&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369692299 type=script]MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WIAT) — Families are gathered at the Alabama National Cemetery for a bittersweet ceremony.

6-year-old Charley Bourland knows the cost of freedom firsthand. His father, Lt. Col. Kenneth Bourland, died in battle overseas three years ago.

“He was a very good man,” Charley says, “And I loved him, and when he died I missed him. And so today I remember him.”

Charley’s father is one of more than 2,000 veterans buried here. The pain of a loved one lost is still fresh for many. As war continues, this resting place keeps growing.

The Bourland family visits the grave where Kenneth Bourland is buried. Charley salutes his father’s grave and joins other families gathered here as they learn how to live in this country of many freedoms without their loved ones that fought for them.

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