It is an honor to be surrounded by American heroes.

Fort Custer National Cemetery is a beautiful place to honor those who fought, and those who have died for the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Created by Congress in 1981, the first burial took place in June of 1982.

There is a feeling you get when driving along 'the Avenue of Flags' upon entering the cemetery. There are 152 flagpoIes on the main road that ends in 50 flags in a semicircle representing all 50 states. I  believe the emotion while driving this road is simply gratefulness. Being surrounded by men and woman who thought more about others, freedom and honor is humbling.

My beloved grandparents are laid to rest there, and when I visit them I am in awe of the beauty of Fort Custer National Cemetery. With the Forth of July nipping at our heals, I took some time to walk around, see the names of great Americans, and say thank you for what they gave to make the U.S.A. the greatest place on earth.

There incredible memorials throughout the cemetery, and an area that at first may surprise you. One of the interesting facts (and something to see) about the cemetery is the 'German Memorial'. During World War II, the

Sixteen of the German POWs were killed in an accident when their truck collided with a train as they were returning to the fort from a work detail on a sugar beet farm near Blissfield, Mich. The other 10 died from natural causes.

The fact that we honored men that we fought against, just makes me even prouder to be an American. Along with the 'German Memorial', there are over 31 memorials commemorating military organizations and veteran's groups.

When leaving I was overwhelmed with emotion, only to see a bald eagle fly over Dickman road and I drove away.

We are so lucky to have such an amazing place, filled with hero's that sacrificed so much for us!