Today is Veterans Day, a time were many people across the nation will honor the memory of soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who have made sacrifices for the nation.
One Baltimore County Mother knows these sacrifices all too well.
Sandy Stewart's son was an Air Force Major General who died three years ago, but today his remains were interred in a new veterans cremation garden during a Veterans Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.
Stewart’s son Maj. Gen. Alfred J. “Buddy” Stewart was a 1977 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1976 and a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who, during his 32-year Air Force career, was assigned to a command positions in the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe and Iran-Iraq.
Stewart’s last post was as commander of the Air Force personnel center at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012, and died in March 2014.
He was 55-years-old.
Stewart will be the first veteran to be interred in a newly established Veterans cremation garden at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
The area, called the Garden of Honor, is an extension of Dulaney Valley’s original Field of Honor where 3,500 veterans are currently buried.