Fort Logan National Cemetery’s most frequent visitor

DENVER -- Memorial Day is always busy at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Thousands show up to pay their respects, and flags and flowers are placed at each gravesite.

But there's one man who doesn't wait for the national holiday to visit.  He's been to Fort Logan hundreds of times over the past 2 1/2 years. He's Fort Logan's most frequent visitor.

"I come here almost every day.  Two or three times a day.  An hour or so at a time. Here a lot," Arthur Sickler said.

Sickler is a heartbroken Marine veteran who lost his wife Nancy on Sept. 26, 2014.

Her ashes are interred at Fort Logan, along with the remains of more than 120,000 other veterans, their spouses and their dependent children.

"We came here 20 years ago looking at different cemeteries, and we decided here's where we were going. I thought I'd be first. Now, I think it's better this way because I wouldn't want her to hurt like this," Sickler said.

"The Marine Corps certainly didn't teach me how to cry, but she has."

Nancy Sickler died after a long illness. The two were married just short of 46 years.

In the winter, Arthur removes snow from in front of Nancy's columbarium. In the spring and summer, he brings flowers weekly. She keeps him company, long after her death.

He often talks to others who are grieving at Fort Logan. He's made friends with the grounds crew. Most people assume he works at the cemetery because he's there so often.

"I don't know what happens to you after you die. I know you can be in hell right here. I have been since she left. Wherever she's at, I'd like to go there. It sounds bad, but this is no fun without her," Sickler said.

A FOX31 special will, "Field of Honor: Fort Logan National Cemetery" will air at 9:30 p.m. Monday. The special tells the stories of the heroes buried at Fort Logan, and the cemetery staff (most of them veterans), who see it as their duty to care for the heroes long after they die.

Any honorably discharged U.S. veteran is entitled to burial benefits at any of the 135 national cemeteries, including Fort Logan.

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