Make soldiers' graves a priority
We met up with a handful of volunteers to honor fallen soldiers by putting flags out for over a couple thousand grave sites.
We each took sections and walked in a line scanning for enlisted soldiers. I was quite surprised to see the low count of volunteers. It is baffling to me that there wasn’t over 100 people. How easily we forget the fallen, and how sad that more of us don’t take the time to memorialize these men. This is my second year doing this and I plan on coming back every year. I hope one day that I will be able to point to each section and recite how many of our fallen lie there.
The flags are placed at the top left of every headstone, which are very easy to spot. Most have crosses and some list how the soldier died and what branch of the military they were enlisted in. It was quite powerful standing over the grave site of so many heroes that unselfishly died to protect our freedoms. I stopped and said a prayer of thanks to these men and prayed for their descendants.
Maybe people don’t know about this because it was mentioned in the paper but was toward the bottom of the article and it was about three sentences long. This event should be an article all in itself. Next year, the paper ought to have a picture from this year with the headline “Honoring the Fallen: Come join in honoring our fallen soldiers that unselfishly sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.”
They should also interview some of the volunteers and list why they volunteer. Several people there were veterans. Please, next year make this a priority.