SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) - Another local veteran was laid to rest Monday, April 29, at the new veteran's cemetery in Spanish Fort.
Frank Reginald Causey is among the first few veterans to be interred at the new Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
For the second time in three days, family members gathered to remember Frank Causey. His funeral was held Saturday, but the family had to wait until Monday for a military burial.
The family members said it was an honor worth waiting for.
"He fought for this country in Desert Storm and the invasion of Panama, so he is a hero. This needed to be done to let other people know he did fight for our country," his sister Syretha Morris said.
Family members said Causey came into the world fighting. It was a battle for survival after he was born joined at the chest with his twin brother.
Ella Mae Crumpton said the doctor told her just before delivery she was having twins. It wasn't until later she found out they were conjoined.
"He said, ‘You got two fine boys. They're just joined together, and this is so rare, and we've got to study up on it for a while.' So they stayed together for like two weeks. Then he assured me that me might be able to save one of them," Crumpton said.
They both survived, and both served in the military.
Fred Causey said he was so close to his brother they sometimes knew what the other was thinking.
"If I was with him, or he was with me we was complete," Causey said.
Causey one of just a handful of veterans laid to rest in the new cemetery off Highway 225.
The ceremony included the folding of the American flag, and the presentation to Causey's widow.
"He just wanted everybody to be happy. He loved all his children, and he loved his family," Michelle Causey said.
Causey lost his battle with cancer on April 21.
"I'm just so thankful that I had him for 44 years," his mother said.
"Even though he's gone he's still going to be with me to keep me strong till this day, and everything I've learned I learned from him," son Reginald Causey said.
Cemetery officials said the new cemetery is designed to serve as a burial ground for Alabama Veterans for the next hundred years.
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